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Self-build plots on Long Four Acres, Bra­con Ash

From £255,000

When Karen and Kevin Ke­able tried to build their own house on land at the rear of their coun­try home in Bra­con Ash, near Mul­bar­ton, they got a bit of a sur­prise. Yes, said Lan­pro, their plan­ning con­sul­tants, you can build a new home – just as long as you build 14 more.

It wasn’t likely that the cou­ple, who live in Bra­con Lodge, would get plan­ning per­mis­sion to build just one new home on the five acre site. But plan­ners agreed to 15 self-build plots which was rather more than the cou­ple ex­pected. “Once we re­alised what was pos­si­ble, we be­came more ex­cited about the fact that we would be en­abling other self­builders and could build a small com­mu­nity, which is al­ready show­ing signs of de­vel­op­ing.”

So the cou­ple de­cided to go ahead with the project for their own self-build as well as cre­at­ing 14 other op­por­tu­ni­ties for peo­ple to build their own house too.

Two years on, Long Four Acres has only seven plots left for sale, priced from £255,000 and the Ke­ables are ex­cited at get­ting closer to start­ing their own house build. “Un­like usual devel­op­ers, we have a vested in­ter­est in mak­ing this work be­cause we want to live there our­selves, we want it to be beau­ti­ful,” said Mrs Ke­able, 52, an artist.

“We al­ways wanted to build our own home but the prob­lem was find­ing some­where as lovely to live as we do al­ready,” said Mr Ke­able, 55, who worked in the oil busi­ness but is now co-owner of Long Four Acres Lim­ited, the com­pany they set up to cre­ate this devel­op­ment.

The de­sign of Long Four Acres Av­enue is green, with lots of hedgerows and trees and wide spa­ces be­tween the houses. There will be no park­ing al­lowed on the av­enue, wall mounted me­ter lo­ca­tions, dis­creet place­ment of bins and satel­lite dishes – all to en­sure Long Four Acres is a beau­ti­ful scheme re­flect­ing its stun­ning lo­ca­tion.

All of the plots will have ser­vices laid to their bound­ary, roads and in­fra­struc­ture in place ready for home builders to start work in Jan­uary 2019. The idea is that you pick your plot – which are all at least ¼ acre – and start to work on the de­sign of your dream home. Will it be eco-friendly, tra­di­tional, con­tem­po­rary? The choice is yours.

Build­ing your own house is not only about de­sign­ing your dream home, there’s a large amount of money to be saved and the house will be much higher qual­ity than other new houses out there. There’s no VAT on build­ing ma­te­ri­als, no CIL tax and the house should be worth up to 30% more than you in­vested when com­plete. Some early adopters have al­ready sub­mit­ted their plans and the Ke­able’s plans are al­ready passed; their house is heav­ily in­flu­enced by the Geor­gian pe­riod in de­sign yet will be built to Fab­ric First stan­dards, which means the house will be very ther­mally ef­fi­cient with low run­ning costs.

The Ke­ables have also amassed a sup­port team of na­tion­ally ac­claimed ar­chi­tects, home­builders, sup­pli­ers and in­te­rior de­sign­ers to help pur­chasers cre­ate the home they want. How­ever, pur­chasers do not have to work along­side the rec­om­mended sup­port team, they can ap­point their own de­sign team and cre­ate their own plans which will need to be sub­mit­ted for full de­tailed plan­ning ap­proval by South Nor­folk Coun­cil.

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