Self-build a home that you'll love

Orchard Farm is a beautiful site in Kennington on the outskirts of Ashford in Kent. It offers an incredible opportunity for you to be part of a green, self-build community, by creating your next home there, on your own or with your architect and builder.

The first phase of 18 plots will be launched for sale in early 2024 and you can pre-reserve a plot now!

Register your interest below and answer a short survey and we’ll send you more information.

Book a free consultation with our in-house architect

If you're not sure where to start and would like to gain some initial advice, book a free consultation with our in-house architect and he will;

- Outline the process of designing and building your house based on an initial questionnaire (you don't have to know exactly what you want to build)

- Discuss the Plot Passports and recommend which plots might suit you best

- Create a brief for your project 

- Provide an estimated cost for the build of your house

You will receive a detailed written summary of the discussion that you can take to an architect or designer of your choice. We have a network of architects who can help you too.

You’re then set to go!

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Serviced plots for an easy start

Services in place

Buying a serviced plot at Orchard Farm gives your self-build adventure an easy start. You buy a plot that will have the services you need including mains water, drainage, mains electricity, and fibre broadband, all ready for you to connect to. Paths and roads will be constructed so that you and your builder have access to the plot.

Simple process

Every plot has its own Plot Passport detailing the planning regulations and design code as agreed with Ashford Borough Council. If you meet the simple rules in the Plot Passport you should obtain planning permission in just 8 weeks.

So green

We have carefully designed the green landscaping for your new neighbourhood. A network of courtyards linked by lanes will provide green, social spaces that are interconnected and genuinely pedestrian and cycle friendly. They will encourage you, your neighbours and passers-by to use the spaces to enjoy and connect with one another.

Phase One | 18 self-build plots

The plots are best presented on a laptop or desktop computer. Or hold your phone in landscape position. 

Plot 1.01

Plot price £224,950 
Plot area  241 m2
Building area 55 m2 
Floor area 123 m2 

Plot 1.09

Plot price £229,950 
Plot area  287 m2
Building area 51 m2 
Floor area 132 m2 

Plot 1.10

Plot price £192,950 
Plot area  275 m2
Building area 45 m2 
Floor area 106 m2 

Plot 1.11

Plot price £354,950
Plot area  287 m2
Building area 65 m2 
Extention area 43 m2
Floor area 205 m2 

Plot 1.12

Plot price £287,950
Plot area  253 m2
Building area 52 m2 
Extention area 43 m2
Floor area 153 m2 

Plot 1.13

Plot price £287,950
Plot area  248 m2
Building area 52 m2 
Extention area 43 m2
Floor area 153 m2 

Plot 1.14

Plot price £334,950
Plot area  300 m2
Building area 65 m2 
Extention area 27 m2
Floor area 191 m2 

Plot 1.15

Plot price £279,950
Plot area  286 m2
Building area 52 m2 
Extention area 39 m2
Floor area 150 m2 

 

Plot 1.16

Plot price £305,950
Plot area  351 m2
Building area 58 m2 
Extention area 47 m2
Floor area 170 m2 

Plot 1.17

Plot price £359,950
Plot area  383 m2
Building area 65 m2 
Extention area 45 m2
Floor area 206 m2 

Plot 1.18

Plot price £276,950
Plot area  226 m2
Building area 54 m2 
Extention area 44 m2
Floor area 159 m2 

Plot 1.19

Plot price £276,950
Plot area  226 m2
Building area 54 m2 
Extention area 44 m2
Floor area 159 m2 

Plot 1.20

Plot price £276,950
Plot area  230 m2
Building area 54 m2 
Extention area 44 m2
Floor area 159 m2 

Plot 1.21

Plot price £277,950
Plot area  241 m2
Building area 54 m2 
Extention area 47 m2
Floor area 161 m2 

Plot 1.22

Plot price £359,950
Plot area  523 m2
Building area 68 m2 
Extention area 55 m2
Floor area 199 m2 

Plot 1.23

Plot price £354,950
Plot area  431 m2
Building area 65 m2 
Extention area 32 m2
Floor area 194 m2 

Plot 1.24

Plot price £227,950
Plot area  285 m2
Building area 55 m2 
Floor area 123 m2 

Plot 1.25

Plot price £226,950
Plot area  264 m2
Building area 55 m2 
Floor area 123 m2 

All plot prices are excluding Value Added Tax (VAT). For a smart way to save you paying VAT read about the Golden Brick Construction.

Timeline 2024

Have you registered with us? Then look out for our Newsletters with invitations and links to all the activities above.

FAQ - top 3

1. What is the status of the Planning?

Our full planning application was submitted early in 2023 and has had good feedback from the planners at Ashford Borough Council but needs an additional approval of being nutrient neutral. This issue is affecting most planning applications in Kent and throughout the UK and creating a shortage of new homes.

We have produced a plan to demonstrate that there will be no increase in nitrate and phosphate pollution from self-builds on our land by installing a private foul drainage solution and are waiting for confirmation that this is acceptable.

2. Do I have to build my own house?

You don't need to build it yourself. But you can. In most cases people decide to project manage the design and build of their house.

We offer a free consulation with our in-house architect who can work with you to produce a brief for your house,  including estimated costs, that you can take to an architect of your choice.

You will also need to find someone to construct your house. Usually your architect can help you find one and they can also direct the build if you wish.  

We have asked independent experts in the field of self-build to join our Network of Experts: architects, constructors, sustainability consultants and financial advisers. Along with our Customer Guide, they can help, advise and work on developing your plot with you. You don’t need to use this Network, you are more than welcome to dig into your own contacts too.

3. How much does it cost to build my dream house?

Now that the plot prices are available and you’ve picked your desired plot, you might be wondering if your budget can stretch to build the house of your dreams. Before you instruct an architect to design your house, you can use this approximation tool from Build It. This calculator gives a rough estimate of the build costs. 

You need to keep in mind that there are additional costs that are not covered by this tool, including the reservation fee, the cost of an architect, your costs for finance, professional fees, planning and Building Regulations, insurances and stamp duty.

Once you sign the Reservation Agreement and pay a non-refundable £500, you will have nine weeks to investigate your house building budget and design with an architect.

Henry and Angele started their self-build on a small plot in The Netherlands. They were able to put all their ideas into their new home and have the open kitchen they enjoy so much!

How does it work?

Self-building is not as common in the UK as it is in Europe but we've partnered with Steenvlinder, a Dutch development company with over ten years of successful experience in enabling people to self-build and who aim to make self-building more accessible for people in the UK.  

We have carefully plotted out a self-build process which will guide you through your journey, step by step.

Who can help me?

As a self-builder, you can design your new house for the way you want to live. It's very  exciting, but it can seem like a daunting task, especially if you've never done it before.  

At Orchard Farm, we want to make the experience as smooth and stress-free as possible. That's why we offer you a free consultation with our in-house architect to help get you started, plus the support of our Customer Guide, who will be with you every step of the way.

We can also introduce you to an independent Network of Experts, including architects and financial advisers who have been fully briefed about the project too. 

Is planning approved?

The full planning permission for Phase 1 was submitted early 2023 to the Ashford Borough Council. The planning regulations are now presented in the plot passports. Every plot has its own unique passport. It also includes the legal regulations of your purchase process.

Phases of development

Full site - 122 plots

Different phases

Phase One

Find out about the thinking behind the scheme. 

Orchard Farm's site will feature various green residential landscapes connected by roads and paths, creating a vibrant new community. The landscape design aims to encourage both neighbours and passers-by to appreciate the environment and its green spaces. Four distinct themes will be integrated to promote a healthy and green living environment.

  • LIVING WITH NATURE

  • ACTIVE LANDSCAPE

  • SHARE AND CONNECT

  • HOMES FOR ALL

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