Self-Build in Stoke-on-Trent

We’re delighted to report that along with our team of sub-consultants, we have been successful in a competitive tender for Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s first Custom Home Building project. The former Penkhull Farm site on Newcastle Lane in Stoke-on-Trent has been chosen by Stoke City Council and the design team led by Axis Design will be carrying out an initial site appraisal and submitting an outline planning application.

The outline application proposals will be designed to provide guidance to future investors regarding the key principles of the site and must acknowledge the need to create low energy homes. Our recent work around the Affordable Passivhaus project led us to develop house type models that deliver the highest level of energy performance at low cost. We hope there will be an opportunity to incorporate our PassivHaus research into this project.

In our experience the most successful housing developments are those created through a collaborative approach. As such, the Custom Home Building project will be supported in its delivery through the use of our web-based project management system to improve liaison with all stakeholders. In addition, we will be including the use of BIM as part of our service on this project.

A little more about Custom Home Building in Stoke….

The Government published their Housing Strategy paper in November 2011, and are proposing to offer financial support for self-build developments, referred to as ‘Custom Home Building’. Through this paper (pdf of ‘Laying The Foundations’), councils are being asked to assess the demand for custom-build in their area and take positive steps to facilitate it.

Stoke City Council recently launched their Mandate for Change, setting out a clear plan to make Stoke-on-Trent a great city to live in and in support of this, there is a proposal to promote Custom Home Building to assist in improving housing quality across the city. The council are hosting a Housing Summit later in 2012 and this project will be used at the event to publicise Custom Home Building to local residents and potential partners.

“It is recognised that Custom Home Building can make a stronger contribution to economic growth and a significant contribution to the number of new homes built…. In the case of Stoke, there is a desire to attract wealth creators to the city, as part of a wider regeneration programme.”

5 Comments »

  1. Peter said,

    June 21, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    Newcastle Road? Did you mean Newcastle Lane? (I used to live at Penkhull Farm.) Newcastle Road is down the bottom of the hill.

  2. Lorna said,

    June 21, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    Well spotted! We’ve corrected that mistake now. Thanks for pointing it out.

  3. axisdesignarchitects.com » Custom Home Build Finance said,

    October 26, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    […] to be starting work shortly with the seven residents fortunate enough to take part in the first Custom Home Build site in Stoke on Trent, having recently achieved outline planning approval in Penkhull for the first of what the council […]

  4. Rob said,

    March 25, 2013 at 11:25 am

    Are there any plots left on this site?

  5. Rob said,

    March 25, 2013 at 11:50 am

    The auction process has not been completed yet so you may still be able to register your interest with Stoke City Council. I believe they will be issuing a bidder’s information pack shortly.

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