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Custom build pilot scheme to launch in Basingstoke

Custom build pilot scheme to launch in Basingstoke

The first large-scale pilot custom build homes construction project is set to get underway in Basingstoke.Housing minister Brandon Lewis has announced that the Park Prewett estate will be at the centre of the pilot project, with the work carried out on the site intended to inform future custom build schemes throughout the UK.He made the announcement at a National Custom and Self Build Association summit at Downing Street on December 9th, which was attended by local authority leaders from across Britain, as well as high-profile figures from the housing world, such as Grand Designs presenter Kevin McCloud.In total, 122 custom-built properties are set to be erected on the Park Prewett site, with 44 of these homes to be classed as affordable.Mr Lewis explained that the government is committed to increasing the country's supply of affordable housing that can be accessed through schemes such as Help to Buy over the next few years, with custom build properties one way to assist in achieving this.Colin Molton, executive director of the Homes and Communities Agency in the south and south-west, explained: "Custom build offers a more accessible route on the housing ladder. By giving people the option to take on some of the build themselves, we can reduce the cost of owning your own home."We've made land available for custom build on pilot schemes across England and aim to give many more people the opportunity to design their own homes in the future."Contractor ZeroC is heading up the Park Prewett project, which forms part of a larger new housing development in Basingstoke. Some of the homes on the site will allow buyers to fit them out in their own style, while others will be self-build properties, enabling homeowners to have more control over their abodes.What's more, the recent government Spending Review saw parliament pledge an additional £350 million to support the housing sector in a bid to get even more people on the property ladder. 

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