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Ground breaking ceremony held at Norfolk couple’s self-build site

PUBLISHED: 11:50 15 October 2018 | UPDATED: 11:50 15 October 2018

Karen and Kevin Keable, moving closer to their dream of building their own home. Pic: Kevin Keable.

Karen and Kevin Keable, moving closer to their dream of building their own home. Pic: Kevin Keable.

A dream of building their own home along with up to 14 more houses got a step closer for Norfolk couple Kevin and Karen Keable when the first day of construction was marked by a ground-breaking ceremony.

How the Keables' self build will look, after plans were approved by the local authority. Pic: Kevin Keable.How the Keables' self build will look, after plans were approved by the local authority. Pic: Kevin Keable.

Up to now, the self-build project has been consigned to paper but the dream moved closer to reality when a digger turned the first sod, as is the tradition in building work, at Long Four Acres in Bracon Ash, south of Norwich.

How the Keables' self build will look, after plans were approved by the local authority. Pic: Kevin KeableHow the Keables' self build will look, after plans were approved by the local authority. Pic: Kevin Keable

How Long Four Acres will look. Pic: Kevin Keable.How Long Four Acres will look. Pic: Kevin Keable.

As the EDP reported in July, Kevin and Karen Keable were advised in order to get planning on a new build on land at the rear of their period rectory, they would need to create a whole new community of up to 14 more properties.

Three months on and three plots have exchanged contracts with four more imminent. One plot’s plans have been submitted for approval in addition to the Keables who have now got their plans approved to build their own Grand Designs style home.

Meanwhile, the infrastructure is also advancing with high speed internet connections for the homes agreed and water main connection and electricity supplies scheduled for next month.

The project has also been nominated for the Best Custom Build award by the national Build It magazine.

Plots available at Long Four Acres, aiming to become a ‘vibrant community within a leafy countryside setting’ are priced from £255,000.

All plots enable home builders to build a wide variety of designs with each plot having a design code and a ‘plot passport’ in place to help with some of the criteria which needs to be adhered to such as the footprint and building materials used.

As long as the build conforms to these criteria, people can build the home they want.

If you are interested in buying one of the remaining plots, see www.custombuildhomes.co.uk or contact Kevin Keable by emailing him at info@longfouracres.com

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