In Laying the Foundations – a Housing Strategy for England, the Government announced that it would be making up to £30m of funding available to provide short-term project finance to help unlock group custom build – or self-build - schemes. This is separate from the funding available for community led housing under the Affordable Homes Programme.
The aims of the Custom Build fund are two-fold:
We have published a prospectus setting out details of how interested bidders may apply. Projects should be outside London.
As outlined in our Land Development and Disposal Plan, to help groups of prospective bidders access a supply of land for Custom Build schemes, a number of sites have already been brought to the market:
Marksbury Road, Bristol - developer selection process commenced through OJEU
The development brief contains a requirement to bring forward a minimum of 15 plots for custom build as part of the wider residential/employment scheme. The developer selection process is ongoing with a decision anticipated in Autumn 2014.
Spencer's Park, Hemel Hempstead - developer selected
A preferred development partner has been selected following an open market tender process. The development brief contained a requirement to bring forward 10 custom build units as part of the wider residential scheme.
Pleasley Colliery, Bolsover - developer selected
The Pleasley Colliery site provides residential land of 0.59ha. Located on the edge of Pleasley Village in the District of Bolsover, approximately 3 miles from junction 29 of the M1.
The site was remediated under the National Coalfields Programme and transformed into a Country Park which is now in the ownership of Derbyshire County Council. The former pithead buildings form part of a Grade II Listed Scheduled Ancient Monument (SAM) adjacent to the housing site which has been transferred to the Land Trust.
The site has the potential for 23 homes. It is anticipated that 11 homes will be brought forward for Custom Build. The planning application for the site has been determined and the preferred developer selected using the Delivery Partner Panel.
For further details please contact Sarah.Coutts@hca.gsi.gov.uk
Upper Tuesley, Milford, Surrey - developer selected
A preferred development partner has been selected using through an OJEU marketing process. The preferred developer achieved reserved matters approval in March 2014 and will start on site in July 2014. The scheme will deliver 62 private sale units, 10 custom build units and 36 new affordable dwellings in line with the planning permission.
The developer is currently considering their approach to the delivery of the custom build element of the scheme and is developing a marketing strategy for these units.
Trevenson Park, Pool, Cornwall - developer selected
The site has capacity for over 140 homes, of which over 50 are expected to come forward as custom build homes. Some information on the wider site and area is available here.
The development partner was selected through the HCA Delivery Partner Panel and we have been collaboratively working with Cornwall Council, the Parish Council and Heartlands Trust to deliver a high quality scheme that will support the continued regeneration of the local area.
The planning application, submitted in July 2014, will enable site marketing and the commencement of development towards the end of 2014.
For further details please contact Paul.Britton@hca.gsi.gov.uk
Chase Avenue Milton, Keynes - developer selected
A preferred developer has been selected through an open market tender process.
Heads of Terms have been agreed and the parties are on target to move to a conditional agreement by August.
Carr Lodge Farm, Doncaster - developer selected
Fairgrove Homes has been appointed as the custom build development partner on this site.
The development will include a 25-unit phase of custom build units as part of the larger scheme. Work on the 2 show homes has commenced on site and serviced plots are now available for sale. Scaled 3D printed models of the custom build units are on display in the main show home.
As of 12 November 2013, an additional four HCA sites have now been identified which will be brought to the market for custom build:
Urban Pioneers, Middlehaven
As part of the existing plans to transform Middlehaven which lies between the retail quarter and the river, Middlesbrough Council and the HCA plan are in the process of bringing forward 14 serviced lots for flexible development including custom build which could provide at least 25 custom build units. Launched in November 2013, there has been significant interest in the project and several of the lots are reserved or will be in the very recent future. Pioneers will start building their developments from early 2015, once the Urban Park and remediation works are complete. For more information visit http://www.middlesbrough.gov.uk/midds-middlehaven/article/6285/Middlehav... and click on Urban Pioneers.
Oxley Park, Milton Keynes
This 0.42ha-site has been identified as having potential for up to 14 units, subject to planning.
Pound Lane South, Basildon
This site has been identified with potential for c10 units. The site will be brought forward for development in autumn 2014 following more detailed ecology and planning work.
Lightmoor Urban Village, Telford
The HCA and the Bournville Village Trust will work jointly to bring forward up to 10 units in 5-plot phases, subject to demand and viability. The partners are keen to explore a 'co-operative' delivery model to deliver housing choice which will complement the established high quality environment at Lightmoor Urban Village.
As of 26 June 2014, the HCA has identified an additional large scale custom build opportunity:
Park Prewett, Basingstoke
The HCA is helping to bring forward 1,250 new and affordable homes at Park Prewett to the north west of the town centre, which has been chosen as the largest of the sites under the Custom Build programme. Under the proposals, up to 120 plots will be made available for Custom Build as part of the successful and popular redevelopment of the former hospital site. The development of this site for custom build is subject to planning permission. The HCA will work closely with local planning authority to obtain consent and ensure that the homes are designed to a high standard and fit the partners’ overall vision for Park Prewett.
More information will be available on the Land and Development Opportunities section of our website as these sites become available.