Self-build is ON the agenda

The team at ON Architecture has designed a residential scheme dedicated to meeting the needs of wannabe self-builders who feel inspired by years of watching house design programmes on television.

Acting on behalf of award-winning Esquire Developments, ON has designed the 1.27-hectare site, which is close to the Hoo Country Park and five miles from the centre of Rochester.

If approved by Medway Council, it will offer the opportunity for individuals to create up to 12 self-build homes on land at Lodge Hill Lane in Chattenden, for Esquire Developments.

The ON Architecture project team designed the initial layout for the scheme as part of the planning application, and can be on hand to undertake the detailed bespoke design of each home if required, prior to a detailed planning application.

David Weir, director at ON Architecture, said: “There’s a move nationally to increase the level of self-build homes, with larger schemes allocating part of their sites to meet the pent up demand. This requires a design approach, which ensures the individuality of the self-built homes sit well alongside the developer-built properties.

“When working with self-builders it is our job to take their vision and translate it into a detailed design. The end result is a home that celebrates individuality but also has flexibility and practicality designed into it in terms of the look and feel of the home and how it is used.

“Integral to an ON Architecture-designed property is a detailed understanding of the technical issues required to build bespoke homes, combined with a flair for forward thinking design that helps it sit well within its surroundings.”

The scheme includes four larger fixed plots, with two fronting onto Lodge Hill Lane and a further two end plots on the main row of proposed new homes. The remaining plots can be purchased as single widths or as a double plot if required, with each having the flexibility for a minimum of two parking spaces.

The plots provide the opportunity to build a range of two storey homes of two- to five- bedrooms, with each designed to be in keeping with the architectural heritage of the area and sympathetic to the landscape.

Esquire Developments, which was recently awarded Gold in the Best Small Housebuilder of the Year category at the 2020 WhatHouse? Awards, will take on the role of Master Developer. This will ensure all of the plots are fully serviced with water, gas and electricity, as well as carrying out communal landscaping and building the access road.

A planning application for the scheme has been submitted to Medway Council, with a decision expected in Spring 2021.