Great advice really does pay off!

Lanpro advises on examplar new self build community.

When Mr & Mrs Keable of Long Four Acres originally approach Lanpro it was to discuss the possibility of a new self build property at Bracon Ash, near Mulbarton.

It wasn’t considered likely that the couple would get planning permission to build just one new home on the five acre site,  but instead should try to get planning permission for 15 self build plots.

The idea is you pick your plot, which are all a good size and which will have servicing, roads and infrastructure in place.

Each plot has a design code and a ‘plot passport’ in place to help with some of the criteria which needs to be adhered to such as the footprint and building materials used. For example, each plot has a generous ‘build zone’ (these vary from plot to plot) within which the plot owner is given a maximum developable footprint.

Other minor restrictions apply to things like no parking on the avenue, wall mounted meter locations, the location of bins, satellite dishes, the planting and maintenance of hedgerows and the distance to boundaries – all to ensure Long Four Acres is a beautiful scheme reflecting its stunning location.

Three months on from planning being granted and three plots have exchanged contracts with four more imminent.

As long as the build conforms to these criteria, people can build the home they want. Some are opting for a Passivhaus model – which creates a super energy efficient home which can save you money on heating and cooling costs. The Keables themselves are working on a house which is heavily influenced by the Georgian period in design yet incorporates very modern features too.

Chris Leeming, managing director of Norwich-based planning consultants Lanpro said: “We were very pleased to be approached by the Keables to help them deliver this exemplar scheme in Norfolk. There is a strong demand from people wanting to build their own home and this location, along with a bespoke design solution, has provided a wonderful opportunity to deliver something special. The way in which this project has come to fruition has resulted in one of the leading self-build schemes in the country.”

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