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Government confirms plans for councils to keep self build registers

4 February 2016

The Government has confirmed measures obliging councils to keep a register of aspiring self and custom housebuilders when planning for future housing and land use.

The Housing Minister Brandon Lewis made the announcement earlier today as part of government plans to provide more homes. New measures and guidance have been put in place to clearly set out the procedure local authorities will have to take when people wish to register their interest for a plot of land.

Mr Lewis said that more and more people want to build their own home and today's move will help unlock the massive potential the self and custom build industry has to expand and help meet the country's future housing needs.

He said: "Many other countries have a track record of delivering large numbers of local homes through self build and we’re determined to ensure self and custom housebuilding grows significantly.

"The new registers are a fantastic example of our commitment to double the number of custom and self build homes by 2020 – so anyone who wishes to design their dream house can do so.

"This government is committed to increasing housing supply and helping more people achieve their aspiration of home ownership – whether that's buying on the open market through schemes like Help to Buy, or by building or commissioning their own home."

The registers are in addition to the measure in the Housing and Planning Bill which will require authorities to ensure they have sufficient shovel ready plots to match the local demand on their register.

The Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Bill was first presented to Parliament by Richard Bacon MP and placed a duty on local authorities to keep a register of those seeking an interest in bringing forward self and custom build projects.

And, in the Spending Review, the Government announced the establishment of the Housing Development Fund which aims to provide access to £1 billion of loan finance for up to 5 years supporting the provision of over 25,000 homes through to 2024 to 2025. The fund is for custom build, small and medium builders and innovative new building methods.

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#6 dave bentley 2016-03-08 17:17
You wont be getting any self build projects in Hillingdon either they quote '' we are starting a register but we do not envisage having any plots to sell directly'' whats the point of this legislation????
 
 
#5 Nana Akua 2016-02-18 02:16
[quote name="Nana My local London council are not interested, the local MP has Even written to me telling me he is going to see if they can be exempt from the Right to build!! Iam hoping they have no powers to do that! Still feel it's a single crusade to self build. lets hope this bill will be strong enough to stop it.

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#4 Nana Akua 2016-02-18 02:10
My local in London council are not interested, the local MP has Evan written to me telling he is going to see if they can be except from he right to build!! Still feel so alone, single crusade to self build. lets hope this bill will be strong enough so a single self builder can build
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#3 Nigel Dutt 2016-02-17 14:05
Having just been asked for a £71,000 contribution (the price of half an affordable home) in order to proceed with our self-buid house, it feels like not all councils have got the message!
 
 
#2 Miguel Simon 2016-02-05 12:21
When will this come into effect??? I think this is good news but i fear is too little too late.

The self builder hasnt been able to compete with greedy developers who stand at making a profit regardless of what the price of a parcel is. They simply buy at whatever the cost and slap their profit on top. We need to make house building less profitable, unfirtunately the only way this can halpen is through incrementing demand.
 
 
#1 John Cattermole 2016-02-04 19:37
Can we allow self-build on edge of settlement for villages? Otherwise access to village sites will be very difficult indeed. Self build will be limited to replacement brownfield projects...and will remain a marginal rather than mainstream housing contribution. I have a corner of a field which my wife and I applied for a self build but no change is the objective of our local residents and LPA. So it will remain unused for the foreseeable future and our young family will make do with the home we have outgrown.
 

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