Is this the future of housing developments? Discover the custom-build site turning it all on its head

exterior aerial shot of custom build site
(Image credit: Graham Gaunt)

Deep in the heart of the Oxfordshire countryside lies a small development, Springfield Meadows, that could pave the way for anyone considering creating their own eco home, even if the self build route isn’t for them.

Built by Greencore Construction, the eight-acre site comprises 25 new homes, of which 12 are custom built — meaning that the owners purchased a shovel-ready plot, complete with the all-important planning permission and an in-house design team and architect ready to customise the company’s designs.

Alison Wall

Alison Wall is an experienced homes journalist, and former chief sub editor of Homebuilding & Renovating. She has interviewed countless self-builders and renovators regarding their projects, and has a special interest in eco builds. She is also renovating her 1970s home and garden, and has a particular interest in making her own home greener, having recently added solar panels, an EV chargepoint and a solar battery system.