Below are a selection of news stories from across our seven operating regions where we are buying land ready to build brand new communities of modern homes.

Summer 2018


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An Outline planning application has been submitted to Cheshire East Council for up to 330 homes at Gaw End Lane, Macclesfield; a semi-rural location south of the town, bordered by the Macclesfield canal.

This follows the Strategic Land Team’s success in securing the site’s release from the Green Belt and allocation for residential development through the development plan process and exchanging an Option Agreement for further land.

The development will include public open space, allotments, play areas, a site for a community building and a mix of 1, 2, 3 and 4-bedroom homes, including 30% affordable housing. A start on site is expected in late 2019 with the first units to be completed in 2020.


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The Strategic Land Team is delighted to have delivered a full planning permission for 129 dwellings in the village of Thurston, Suffolk.

The application was submitted speculatively in the absence of the Council being able to demonstrate a five year housing land supply. Thurston is a sustainable settlement targeted recently by a number of housebuilders and developers and Bovis Homes worked closely with the Council to secure a full planning permission for a sustainable development.

The development will deliver 45 affordable homes (35%) and includes a number of private bungalows in response to local need. The scheme will make a start on site in 2019.

Horam, East Sussex

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South East region will also be bringing new homes to the region, with proposals for 123 new homes in Horam, East Sussex, being approved by local planners.

The site off Horebeech Lane, will become home to a total of 123 new properties, of which 43 will be designated as much-needed affordable housing.

The plans also include provision for children's play areas, as well as extensive landscaping, including enhanced woodland, and large areas of public open space.

The homes will range in size from one-bedroom starter properties, through to larger five-bedroom family homes.

David Dodds, associate land director at Bovis Homes, said: “Throughout this process we have looked to ensure that our development will meet the needs of the local community. Thanks to the feedback and support of the public and Wealden District Council, we have been able to create a plan that is both unique and in keeping with Horam's semi-rural village character. We are confident it will become a valued addition to this popular village.”

Initial works will begin on site later this year, following a period of ecological and archaeological investigation and clearance works. The first residents are expected to move in during the summer of 2019.


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Househunters in south Oxfordshire will soon have the opportunity to buy a brand-new property at two new locations thanks to Western region, who have received detailed planning consent totalling more than 250 homes.

The first of these approvals, for up to 116 new homes off Townsend Road in Shrivenham, include a range of 70 three to five-bedroom house for sale on the open market, and a further 46 allocated as affordable homes.

Rob Stroud, Associate Design and Planning Director, said: “We're delighted to have received approval for these much-needed new homes and are looking forward to starting work to deliver them for the local community.

Site set-up works are planned to start in the summer, with the first residents moving in during 2019.

The second approval, at Wantage, in the south of the county, will see 150 new homes delivered on the former East Site of the King Alfred School.

Previously home to Year 7 and 8 pupils, the site was first handed over to the region in January. The team has now received planning approval to begin work to remove the site's disused buildings and construct the new homes on the land.

The new properties will range from one-bedroom apartments through to five-bedroom family homes, with as many as 60 of the homes being allocated as affordable housing.

Supriya Ray, managing director of Bovis Homes Western region, said: “We're delighted to have been given approval to begin constructing these new homes. The planning approval represents a major milestone in the life of this land and we're confident that the new homes will make a positive contribution to the local community.”

Work on site is set to start imminently, with the first show home opening towards the end of the year.


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South East region will soon deliver much-needed new homes to north west Kent, after planning consent was granted for 200 new homes in Gravesend.

The properties will form part of a joint scheme of 400 homes with Persimmon Homes, and will see Bovis Homes delivering 140 properties for the open market, and a further 60 allocated as affordable (50% social rented and 50% shared ownership).

The proposals, which were approved unanimously by Gravesham Borough Council's planning committee, include Section 106 contributions towards education, highways, social services and sport and leisure facilities.

David Dodds, Associate Land Director at Bovis Homes, who have recently moved their head offices to Kings Hill, said: “We're delighted to have received reserved matters consent for new homes at Gravesend. We are now looking forward to the next stage of this development and bringing these much-needed new homes to fruition.”

As well as the new homes, the plans will also see the delivery of three play areas for children of various ages, a green corridor and a new country park.

Spring 2018


It has been a busy start to the year for the Strategic Land team who have secured outline planning permission for 200 new homes at Gravesend in Kent. The homes are part of a wider development totalling 400 new properties.

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Great Bookham

The Strategic Land team has also entered into an option agreement across a 28 hectare site in Great Bookham, Surrey, which currently operates as an equestrian centre. The village is identified as one of the main sustainable locations to accommodate housing need in the district.

Representations have been submitted to Mole Valley District Council for a residential scheme of up to 250 properties. It is expected that further consultation will arise during the year.

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Southern Counties region is set to bring more new homes to its popular Emmbrook Place location in Wokingham.

The reserved matters application for a total of 243 new homes adjacent to the existing development was approved unanimously by Wokingham Borough Council’s planning committee. The agreed plans include 74 homes allocated as affordable, along with a children’s play park and other areas of open space.

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A total of 188 new homes will be built on land off Haygate Road in Wellington after Bovis Homes' Mercia region received detailed planning permission at the site.

The homes are among a total of 290 being delivered as part of a partnership with local house builder Anwyl Homes.

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Cambourne West

The company also continues its longstanding association with Cambourne in Cambridgeshire, with the Strategic Land team securing outline permission for 783 homes there.

They form part of a major 2,350-home extension, which will include community and leisure facilities, two primary schools and one secondary school.

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