Minister visits Graven Hill, a Grand Designs project on an epic scale

Kit Malthouse MP, the Minister of State for Housing, paid a visit to Graven Hill in Bicester on Tuesday 18 September, to see first-hand how the largest self-build community in the UK, is progressing.

Cherwell District Council was delighted to host the visit, the second by a housing minister to the district this year, as it provided an opportunity for them to showcase this exciting,  innovative Garden Town project.

Cllr Barry Wood, leader of the council, said:

“We are extremely proud of this development; we’re creating a great place to live, delivering the homes that people need and helping them to see their grand designs become a reality.”

Graven Hill is a pioneering venture in self and custom build, enabling individuals to design inspiring homes on pre-prepared plots, limited only by their imagination and their budget. Up to 1,900 unique homes will be built over 10 years and they will be surrounded by open, green spaces including woodland, allotments and a network of cycleways and footpaths. Planning consent has been granted for the new homes along with a primary school, a pre-school nursery, and a community centre as well as shops, cafes and a local pub.

Karen Curtin, Managing Director of the Graven Hill development company, owned by the council, said:

“The development could revolutionise the future of home building.”

The minister said

“It has been marvellous to be here and wonderful to see the energy at Graven Hill. This is an infectious, ambitious project providing the housing needed for the growth and success of the town.”