People Walking in Front of Houses

Knowle Lane

Knowle Lane is the largest open market site developed by Drew Smith to date. Working with our partners Vivid Homes, we have created a quality development of 73 new homes – comprising 47 for open market sale, 19 for shared ownership and 7 for affordable rent – in the village of Fair Oak, Hampshire.

This market-led residential development represents the first phase of the wider development of a semi-rural area within the Eastleigh borough.
This first phase is recognised to be of exceptional quality. This was reflected by the market response, in terms of sales values and sales rate, which both exceeded expectations.

Many technical challenges have been overcome including level issues, migrating ground gas, utility mains reinforcement, and extensive off-site foul drainage works. We took a site-wide, holistic approach to overcoming all of these constraints to produce a scheme with a well-considered, unified look and feel.

“We love the house – it looks beautiful and it’s very well designed. The rooms are a good size and practical, with plenty of space for us all – my daughter has room to play, my husband can listen to music, and there’s room for enjoying my sewing hobby.
My brother-in-law is an experienced builder and very particular – he was very impressed with the quality of the houses on a development of this size.
Most of all the house fits in with its surroundings really well and feels as if it belongs there, so the whole place has a really nice, cosy atmosphere to it. It feels like a real community.”
Mrs Frettingham – Resident, Drew Smith Homes Project Carnaval Gardens, Fair Oak

Project Overview





Drew Smith Homes & Vivid Homes

Contract Value

£11 million

Project Duration

86 weeks

Homes created


Project Specialisms

Affordable Housing