A custom build housing scheme in Essex has been announced that its developers hope will spark a solution to the country’s housing crisis. 

The scheme has been developed by architects AOC, Mae and Pitman Tozer and self build specialists Unboxed Homes. It will see 12 new homes delivered by 2023, with work set to commence early next year.

The team behind the project hopes that the scheme could show the way for affordable housing to be provided for more people in the UK.

Recent research has drawn attention to the problems facing homebuyers, who face crippling price rises over the next three decades. The rise of self build and custom build offers an alternative means of helping people live in their dream home, while working to a budget they can afford to.

Gus Zogolovitch, director at Unboxed Homes, insists that the process of connecting architects with homebuyers can lead to the creation of better homes.

He said: “This is a modest scheme but has potential to be an exemplary approach to a new way of development, one where the incentives of customers, funders, designers and builders are all aligned.”

Custom Build Scheme

Upon completion of the custom build scheme, the 1.2-hectare site will feature three, four and five-bedroom family homes, with buyers able to select a range of options for their home.

The number of bedrooms and bathrooms can be selected, as well as the finishes and fittings in each room. Buyers will also be able to select an optional garage and can furnish the home themselves.

Basildon Council has unanimously approved the development in Laindon, Essex, and initial planning permission has been secured by Homes England.

The plots are located in secluded woodland, accessible by a private road leading into a communal space at the centre of the development. Prices for the homes will start from just under £376,000.

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