Self-build development in Kent

London, 31 January 2022

We’re off! Urbanise, a Kent-based developer, and Steenvlinder, the Dutch custom and self-build (CSB) home specialist, have partnered to bring to life an exciting and sustainable self-build community in Ashford, called Orchard Farm. Orchard Farm is a development site located in Kennington, on the northern edge of Ashford. We invite every home seeker to create their next home here. We provide the means for them to build a self-built home. A home where they can choose the look, the internal layout and fixtures and fittings for the way they want to live, by themself or with the help of professionals. Planning permission for the first twenty five plots has been granted and we expect to be offering these plots for sale by the end of this year (2022). It is planned that up to one hundred unique homes will eventually be located here.

Located in Kennington, on the northern edge of Ashford and two miles from Ashford International station, Orchard Farm will appeal to people who want to build their own home, either entirely by themselves or with the help of an architect and builder. A range of plot shapes and potential house sizes to suit different budgets are available and planning permission to build homes has been agreed. In addition, infrastructure – like roads, drains and electricity – will be in place.

Adam Roake, Owner at Urbanise, said, “By partnering with Steenvlinder to create Orchard Farm, we are realising our ambition to change the way that housing is delivered. We will bring real choice to the housing market by enabling people to build their own home. Together, we will create an exciting, sustainable community unlike any other found in Kent.

“Some of the plans under consideration include community orchards and drainage systems that improve water quality. In addition, to reduce the community’s carbon footprint there will be no gas and the use of heat pumps, onsite electricity generation and community heating will be encouraged. No doubt many other sustainable initiatives will be brought forward by the self-builders.”

Hans Sparreboom, CEO and Co-Founder at Steenvlinder, said, “The Netherlands has led the way in innovation in the CSB housing sector and we’re now excited about helping the UK build more unique homes, designed by the owner and built to last. Our continued mission is to make self-build accessible and pleasant for everyone involved.

“To enable buyers to embark on their self-build journey, we provide a dedicated customer coach who ensures they fully understand the process and then acts as a guide while they explore all the options available to them.”

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