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New Minister organises self build summit for leaders

25 September 2012

The newly-appointed Housing Minister, Mark Prisk MP, is calling council leaders to a summit that will showcase how local authorities can champion self build.

The high-level half day event in central London, organised by the Department for Local Government and Communities (DCLG) and Local Government Association, in conjunction with the National Self Build Association (NaSBA), will explain how local authorities in other European countries promote self build housing.

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#5 Mark Webb 2012-10-11 13:00
Quoting Jackson Moulding:
@Mark Webb. Well, you could argue that getting local authorities to understand the benefits to them about self build, through attending events such as this, will then enable those local authorities to be 'more helpful'. Understanding the economic and social benefits to the local area, and understanding the impact of long planning delays for self builders is an important part of the learning process. A council leader is in a very good position to help address some of the hurdles, and able to look at ways of making the path a little easier within their jurisdiction for self builders. You will have a more sympathetic ear within your local authority if the council leader 'likes' self build.


In my experience, it is impossible for employees of Local Planning Offices to comprehend Commercial issues of any kind.
 
 
#4 Jackson Moulding 2012-10-09 16:49
@Mark Webb. Well, you could argue that getting local authorities to understand the benefits to them about self build, through attending events such as this, will then enable those local authorities to be 'more helpful'. Understanding the economic and social benefits to the local area, and understanding the impact of long planning delays for self builders is an important part of the learning process. A council leader is in a very good position to help address some of the hurdles, and able to look at ways of making the path a little easier within their jurisdiction for self builders. You will have a more sympathetic ear within your local authority if the council leader 'likes' self build.
 
 
#3 David Ramsay 2012-09-30 22:09
Before they get the local councils involved they need to remove the section 106 and CIL charges on the building of single self build homes that are going to be occupied by those contracting the build
 
 
#2 Mark Webb 2012-09-28 07:45
Before you ask Local Authorities's to promote self build you need to teach them to be more helpful. I have been trying to put £300K into the economy with my self build since February and the local authority have been MOST unhelpful. For no good reason it has taken me 34 weeks to get Planning approval and I still have a way to go to get approval for building materials etc. Due to increased costs incurred because of this unacceptable delay I may now have to abort my project. Just not good enough. They do not seem to be accountable to anyone and I have tried in vain to get help.
 
 
#1 Ted Stevens 2012-09-26 17:22
Do you want your council to attend? If so e-mail us at info@nasba.org.uk and we'll call them up and invite their Leader to come along. What council's need a bit of real self build Leadership? Nominate them!
 

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