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Self builders to present planning minister with radical ideas

7 May 2013

Planning Minister Nick Boles MP will be asked to consider a number of ways of adjusting the planning system to make it easier for thousands more people to build a home for themselves.

The Minister will be participating in a planning debate at the Grand Designs Live exhibition in London at 12 noon today. The radical ideas are grouped under two main headings – strategic planning initiatives that would encourage more land for self building; and 'planning red tape' that could be removed to make the processing of planning applications more straight forward.

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#1 Graham Currie 2013-05-15 14:28
For far too long the major housing companies have held a monopoly, especially through the acquisition of land suited and zoned for housing development.

If significant areas of land are to be given development approval, there need to be powers to enforce the division and sale of single plots available to individual buyers. If sold as a single sale of many acres of development land - only the large scale developers can compete.

I've known of potential 'self build' approach housing developers, wanting to buy an individual plot. They won't sell this, as it loses their control over supplying houses that they want to sell.: built to the minimum insulation /energy saving that regulations require, and the with smallest space standards in europe.

The UK needs decent housing with significant future energy savings, and not putting the great majority of our earnings into the pockets of the housing development industry.
 

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