Hopkins Homes to deliver first phase of Thetford scheme

The Crown Estate and the Kilverstone Estate have announced the sale of the first phase of their Greater Thetford Strategic Urban Extension (SUE) scheme – known as Kingsfleet - to Hopkins Homes.  


21 August 2017

CGI of KingsFleet development
CGI of KingsFleet development

The Suffolk-based developer is well known across East Anglia with a reputation for a strong, design-led ethos which has seen them awarded several national awards and be selected as the lead developer on major projects throughout the region.

This first phase will see Hopkins Homes build around 350 homes, 15 per cent of which will be affordable, as part of a major extension to the Norfolk market town. They will also provide infrastructure to serve the first phase and the remainder of the site.

Thetford North, a 285 hectare site on the northern edge of the Norfolk market town, adjacent to the A11, has been successfully promoted through the planning process by Pigeon Investment Management on behalf of The Crown Estate and the Kilverstone Estate, which jointly control the site.

Planning permission for the site was granted in 2014 for up to 5,000 homes, three primary schools, public open space, community and healthcare facilities, as well as a place of worship.

Hopkins Homes is the largest independent property developer in East Anglia and builds homes throughout Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex. The firm won a Sunday Times British Homes Award in 2015.

Savills advised The Crown Estate and the Kilverstone Estate on the exchange.

The planned growth in Thetford will bring new housing, employment opportunities and around £150m of local infrastructure and community facilities which will benefit the district’s existing and new residents and help drive the local economy.”

Councillor Gordon Bambridge, Executive Member for Growth at Breckland Council

Steve Melligan, at The Crown Estate, said: “Following our successful promotion of this site through the local planning process, we look forward to seeing Hopkins Homes move forward with the first phase of development in what promises to be a landmark scheme for Thetford.”

Patrick Fisher for the Kilverstone Estate, said: “We are very glad to be working with Hopkins Homes, a distinguished and exemplary local house builder, to begin the delivery of the Thetford North Sustainable Urban Extension. The Kilverstone Estate looks forward to continuing its relationship with the local community, to execute and deliver a successful development of both housing and employment areas, which will create jobs, and secure a vibrant future and growth for Thetford, in this strategic location, midway between Cambridge and Norwich, on the A11 corridor.”

James Buxton, Executive Chairman at Pigeon Investment Management, said: “We are delighted to have secured Hopkins Homes as the first developer on site at Kingsfleet. We are determined that the development will be to a very high standard, and we are confident that Hopkins Homes will help to achieve this. It is an exciting milestone for the project which Pigeon has been leading for over six years. We look forward to seeing the first houses on site in 2018.”

James Hopkins, Executive Chairman at Hopkins Homes, said: “We’re delighted to have been selected to build the gateway development for this exciting new community in Thetford. The scheme will be a major step forward in meeting Thetford’s housing needs. As a local house builder we pride ourselves on delivering new homes that meet local demand but also in ensuring that those homes reflect the local vernacular and as a result quickly become part of the landscape.”

Councillor Gordon Bambridge, Executive Member for Growth at Breckland Council, said: “This is a major milestone in the delivery of the Kingsfleet development and we welcome this progress. The planned growth in Thetford will bring new housing, employment opportunities and around £150m of local infrastructure and community facilities which will benefit the district’s existing and new residents and help drive the local economy.”