Leaper promotes custom and self-build schemes in rural locations across the UK.

Our aim is to create great homes and places with a positive and long-lasting legacy. We are convinced that working with landowners, existing communities, and other talented and like-minded people is the best way to deliver this.

Leaper was founded by Ben Marten and Dom Palmer-Tomkinson who are both passionate about the countryside and rural living. They believe sensitive, well-designed, well-planned development enhances rural communities.

They have combined their professional and business experience to create a business that focuses on unlocking the value of smaller parcels of land that tend to be overlooked by larger and more traditional developers.

We believe in promoting sustainable and deliverable sites and that plots of this size are an important contribution towards solving the UK housing shortage and a welcome boost to rural settlements.

We work with the very best professionals and consultants with proven track records using the right expertise required to achieve the best possible outcome for our clients.

Together we will:

Create great places which fit in with their surroundings — every village, town or city has special and positive characteristics that make it different from others, we strive to discover and understand what that is and instil it in our developments

Offer choice and diversity — this helps a place feel like it’s grown over time; by choosing to specialise in custom and self-build projects we have set out to create a way for people to influence the design of their own homes and create something specific to their needs

Build beautiful, efficient houses which feel like home — that means creating homes that are flexible, environmentally high-performing, and delightful places to live

Deliver people-friendly streets and open spaces — essential elements in creating popular, safe, healthy, and sustainable places.

Meet the team

Ben Marten
Founding director

Since 2005 Ben has specialised in start-up business management, investment and consultancy. He has a background in residential and commercial property development and investment, including the complete restoration and renovation of grade 2* Ingoldisthorpe Hall in Norfolk, residential property development in London, and commercial property across the UK.

Dom Palmer-Tomkinson
Founding director

Dom spent over a decade in the financial industry, working for the likes of Cazenove & Co and Westhouse Securities, before joining a rural planning consultancy in 2014 where he was responsible for developing the client base amongst housebuilders and land promoters.

Adam Towle
Development director

Adam is an architect and project manager with over ten years’ experience working in private practice and the public sector, for the Mayor of London and numerous London boroughs. He’s taught at leading architecture schools, sits on a number of design review panels, and is an assessor and mentor with social enterprise Public Practice.

Board and advisory

Miff Chichester
Chairman

Miff qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 1992 and has worked in the world of property since 1995. He is currently Managing Partner at St Congar Land, one of the UKs leading land promoters.

Harry Lopes
Non-executive advisor

Harry is a chartered accountant with extensive experience in solar development in the UK and more recently in the US.  Harry brings financial oversight as well as key contacts with landowners countrywide.

Kim Slowe
Non-executive advisor

Formerly a Royal Navy helicopter pilot and frigate captain Kim has spent the last 20 years delivering design-led, sustainable homes. He founded the housebuilder ZeroC and the custom and self-build brand Design Your Home.

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