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Call for councils to provide low cost plots for self build schemes

15 March 2013

An innovative proposal that could result in tens of thousands of low cost self build plots will benefit many who want to become homeowners, particularly first-time buyers.

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#5 Jeremy Christophers 2013-03-28 10:19
I am Jeremy Christophers Leader of Teignbridge District Council in South Devon. This is an interesting concept which have work particularly in conjunction with Neighbourhood Plans. We as Council have very little in the way of land holdings, but we could/must act as brokers to enable local housing for local people, particularly young working families. I will be tasking our Officers with providing a report on the feasibility of this idea. We are happy to be partners in solutions, rather than just policymakers.
 
 
#4 James Manly 2013-03-26 15:16
My first thought here is why does the council have these plots in the first place. Given that they are apparently strapped for cash then they should be sold off. Let the free market decide if houses should be built there. As others comment, the requirements seem onerous and unnecessary.
 
 
#3 Valerie Bearne 2013-03-16 14:32
The higher the profile of self building, the more demand is demonstrated, the more likely that solutions, and combinations of solutions, will be found and made to work.
 
 
#2 Richard W Mulholland 2013-03-16 13:09
How would or could the requirement to stay for 5 years be controlled.
I support the requirement but cannot see how it would work.
 
 
#1 Simon Pugh 2013-03-15 12:26
The potential demand is certainly there, but this is pie in the sky stuff and simply not deliverable:
1. Use of additional land (to that already allocated) with preference towards the 'cheapest' bid...How is that going to deliver sustainable development that is acceptable to local communities?? NP's will likely have already been produced for the area to allocate site, this would require more.
2. Plot allocation by lottery? Who buys a house like this?? Might well suit a first time buyer, but is that the only person this strategy would work for?
3. Have to stay in the property for 5 years? What if circumstances change (eg employment location), who would get the 'profit'?? First person in makes massive profit on re-sale (after 5 years) when sold in open market??
4. What skills or experience do Local Auhtorities have to deliver this approach? An approach like this would be a massive undertaking.
This is a missed opportunity.
 

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