Current Projects : Instructions and project planning progression

Ashwell, Hertfordshire

Welcome to Manor Oak Homes’ website for our proposed new development at Land north of Ashwell Street, Ashwell, Hertfordshire.

Our Vision:

Manor Oak Homes are pleased to announce they are promoting the land north of Ashwell Street, Ashwell for a residential-led development including market and affordable housing, and areas of publicly accessible open space. Manor Oak Homes have now submitted a revised planning application comprising of 14 market and affordable homes to North Hertfordshire District Council.

Our Proposals

Previously, in 2019 Manor Oak Homes submitted a planning application for 24 new homes on the site in response to the significant housing need in North Hertfordshire and the site being redrawn into the settlement boundary in the draft Local Plan. Prior to submitting the application, we sought the views of North Hertfordshire District Council, Hertfordshire County Council and Ashwell Parish Council and organised a Public Consultation Event that took place on Wednesday 16th October at the Parish Room, Mill Street, Ashwell. Residents were invited to view our proposals and to make comments. Members of the development team were on hand to listen to residents ideas and concerns and to answer any questions.

Unfortunately, North Hertfordshire District Council refused our application following the publication of a Conservation Area Appraisal for Ashwell that identified a key view across the site. Since the application was refused, the new North Hertfordshire Local Plan has been adopted and the Ashwell Neighbourhood Plan has been made, formalising the site’s location within the Ashwell settlement boundary where development is generally supported under policy SP2.

We have therefore revised our application to respond positively to policies in the Local Plan and Neighbourhood Plan and reduced the scope of the scheme to ensure the key view from the south west corner of the field is retained. As well as providing much needed market and affordable housing, the scheme aims to provide a significant quantum of public open space and achieves a net gain in biodiversity on the site. 

Next Steps

Manor Oak Homes have submitted a full planning application to North Hertfordshire District Council. Once the application has been validated,  there will be an opportunity to comment on our proposals on North Hertfordshire District Councils website, prior to the Council determining whether the application should be approved.

A Planning Application has now been submitted

Ashwell Masterplan

We have published a PDF of the Masterplan, click to download.

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The planning application has now been submitted to North Hertfordshire District Council for determination. Once the application has been validated, all of the technical documents will be available to view on the council’s website, alongside an opportunity to comment on the application prior to its determination.

Pre-Submission Consultation has now closed

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Manor Oak Homes is a multi-disciplined company that specialises in promotional agreements, option agreements and freehold purchases for strategic land opportunities.

We believe in working on an open-book basis, building a strong relationship with clients, consultants, political bodies and industry contacts alike. We insist on working in a spirit of good faith, ensuring that we work in an environment of transparency and trust. We do not rely on a board, or the excuse of a board not to get things done, and will always pick up the phone at the first opportunity.


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