Planning submitted to develop UK’s largest low-rise modular scheme

modular family homes, innerspace,
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Low carbon modular developer, innerspace homes, has applied for full planning permission to develop 40 modular family homes in the village of Needingworth

The company secured a 3.5-acre site in the village of Needingworth, near Saint Ives, Cambridgeshire. It has now applied for full detailed planning permission for 40 two- to four-bedroom modular family homes after a positive pre-application.

This design-led development will be one of the largest low-rise volumetric modular developments in the UK.

innerspace have five branded house type designs and their homes are currently being trademarked and undergoing validation by BOPAS.

Each innerspace home is design-led – to sit comfortably in any environment. Sustainable – helping reduce the carbon footprint on our planet and help safeguard it for future generations, affordable – reduced fuel bills and customisable to bring a bit of the ‘Grand Designs’ effect en-masse.


Precision built and with designed-in green tech, the homes will facilitate CO2 and annual Kw usage reductions by 40% to 50% below current build regulation targets. The modular family homes are also designed to accommodate the changes in the demographic make-up of homes today, with layout options available to suit multi-generational living.

If planning is successful, innerspace homes would expect to start on site in August of this year. Using offsite construction, innerspace homes would be able to construct the 40-home development in just 7 to 8 months compared to a traditional construction time which would typically exceed 12 months for an equivalent project.

Tony DiCarlo, one of the founders of innerspace homes, said: “Huntingdonshire is the perfect location for the inaugural innerspace development as they as part of the wider Cambridgeshire area are very active in looking to use innovation to spark growth in the County.

“We are currently working on the final trademarking of our designs all of which integrate green tech, and which focus on strong design credentials. We are confident that our high-quality precision engineered homes will complement the existing village, attract high calibre interest across the industry as a great example of innovation in the sector and we are hugely excited at the prospect of being able to get our homes onto the production line and installed in Needingworth if our application is successful.”


  1. What they don’t mention is the huge increase of risk to life of school children due to the location of the site and the site entrance and the fact that it is effectively a 50% increase in the size of the village that the only access road feeds into. These are town houses and should be built in towns, not villages where planning permission for almost 200 houses has already been approved.

  2. As a resident of Needingworth I have objected to this development on the grounds that the location chosen has inadequate infrastructure and the developers have given zero consideration to the massive impact these homes will have on the village.


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