New CSB opportunities

Dutch custom and self-build (CSB) specialist Steenvlinder has announced its intention to launch three projects in the UK. Building plots will soon be available in Ashford (105 plots), Birmingham (30-50) and Basildon (12), with utilities already connected.

The Netherlands is recognised for its innovation in the CSB sector, with the new town of Almere being an international model of what can be achieved at scale.

Steenvlinder is currently working on UK projects with Urbanise, Czero and Unboxed homes and is exploring Scotland for future UK developments.

In Pound Lane, Basildon buyers can choose from three house types, each pre-assigned to one of 12 plots that best suits the design. See Pound Lane plots for sale on

After paying a deposit of £400, buyers have 12 weeks to exchange contracts after exploring the various options such as house size, external finish and whether to take the turnkey or DIY procurement route.

The Birmingham estate-like development is on an historical industrial site in an area of King’s Norton where a paper mill once thrived. The site forms an island between a canal and the river Rea, with the planned houses fronting the waterway and encouraging shared communal spaces. The project still in the planning stages, with plots expected to go on sale towards the end of 2022.

The 105-plot site located on Orchard Farm in Kennington, on the northern edge of Ashford, is close to the village of Wye, 14 miles from Canterbury and a 40 minute train commute to London.

Planning permission for the first 25 homes has been granted and the first phase of the development is expected to start in the spring.

Buyers will have the chance to create a sustainable community where everyone will have had input into the design and build of their home, either with a professional team or DIY.

Outline planning permission has been agreed for a range of plot shapes and potential house sizes, and infrastructure like roads, drains, gas and electricity is already in place.

15 November 2021

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