Leaper Land Promotion is looking for a delivery partner for up to 49 custom and self-build homes on 6.5 acres next to Framlingham village in East Suffolk.

The company has gained outline planning for a phased development of up to 33 open market homes, made up of 27 custom-build and six self-build homes.

Leaper director Ben Marten said: “We are open to dialogue with potential buyers and delivery partners for part or all of the site, but specifically a developer with enthusiasm and passion for the custom and self-build model and the benefits it can deliver for local housing supply.”

Half of the homes are to be affordable including four to be sold at a discounted rate on the open market. The site is allocated in the neighbourhood plan and the scheme includes alterations to the access road to improve safety and access.

Leaper has worked closely with East Suffolk council to work up a detailed design code in keeping with existing buildings in the area.

Mr Marten said the code sets out a range of house types allowing significant degrees of homeowner customisation.

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“The local authority was enthusiastic about bringing a custom and self-build proposal to the local market that offered diversity with a range of models helping them satisfy their duties under the right to build legislation,” he said.

Leaper is a specialist in the delivery of custom and self-build homes on multi-plot sites in rural areas and the application is one of several Leaper has been working on.

English local planning authorities must have a right-to-build register to keep track of how many people want to build or create their own homes. About 13,000 homes are built this way annually but the government wants this figure to double. England lags behind other European countries such as Germany where more than half of the country’s homes are self-commissioned.

Property finance intermediaries Hank Zarihs Associates said development finance lenders would be keen to support builders who got involved with the project.

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