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New support for self builders planning low-cost homes

16 September 2013

A raft of new measures to help self builders were announced today by the Coalition Government. In particular the Government has unveiled plans to support people on modest incomes who want to build low cost homes.

The Government has also confirmed that all self and custom build projects will be exempt from the Community Infrastructure Levy and from paying inappropriate section 106 tariffs.

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#11 Howard Johnson 2014-01-15 12:45
I was recently granted a "deemed to grant" planning application for my self build project, which is for myself and wife to downsize into! We have been advised by Ryedale District Council that "Full" permission will only be received if I sign a contract to pay a combined total of almost 60K of which S106 is £53800.00.....o utrageous amount of tax! the balance been a contribution towards "open spaces"
This, if not reformed and exempted for self builders has stopped our plans of building a "Green" house for our future...I have now been further advised that if I do not sign the agreement then the permission will be revoked!
This will completely halt both local self builds and valuable cash going into the local economy.
The sooner that MPs & Gov make a final decision on this matter is critical, as people in a similar situation to us simply cannot afford these outrageous charges.
 
 
#10 Russel Wilson 2013-12-04 18:01
Does anyone have an update on the details of the 106 tariffs & if self builds are actually exempt ???? this is my first self build with my son we have the double plot to build a house each,the council have agreed the application subject to the 106 agreement
Thank you
 
 
#9 Peter Blackburn 2013-10-03 19:52
After speaking to the local authority dealing with sec 106 the answer is "this is just talk at the moment, no decisions have been made or policies changed yet"
So no change...self builders need to wait for action not just words
 
 
#8 Peter Blackburn 2013-10-02 20:39
I am self builder with plot with full pp wanting to build one cottage to live in long term. I have a £11,700 quid sec 106 hanging over me to pay towards affordable housing strategy. Ironically this means I cannot afford to start! lol.
The 106 news sounds great,,BUT very woolley...how can I nail in writing whether the 106 is to be lifted or not???
 
 
#7 Pete Finlay 2013-09-27 15:02
Quoting Antony Atkins:
Why should small builders ....have to pay these taxes, but self-builders get off scot free?


The exemption is designed to make building your own house that much more affordable, isn't it? It is true that a Self-Builder does add a tiny amount of strain on the local infrastructure (schools, hospitals, policing etc.) but the amount one family who have just built their own house add to the local burden is tiny compared to housing developments. The problem has been that in the past Self-Builders have been seen as a sort of cash-cow by some local councils who have charged ridiculous amount for just building one house. Maybe instead of crying 'foul' because Self Builders get an exemption, very small developers should be working to get the same concession. Just a thought.

Everyone gets a tax subsidy in the form of exemption from capital gains tax on their principal private residences, not just Self Builders. :-)
 
 
#6 Antony Atkins 2013-09-27 14:06
I am no doubt offering a minority viewpoint on this site, but as someone who is both a self-builder and a property developer in a small way, I do not agree with this exemption. Why should small builders working on 1-5 houses at a time, who keep local people in work and are just trying to earn a living, have to pay these taxes, but self-builders get off scot free? Self-builders already receive a massive tax subsidy in the form of exemption from capital gains tax on their principal private residences, as well as only paying 0% VAT where people extending their homes have to pay 20% VAT, so to receive exemption from CIL as well strikes me as a step too far.

Also, if a developer obtains planning and sells the site on to a self-builder, is she still liable for the S106/CIL taxes, or does the LHA waive them? How about social homes: if I obtain planning for 9 houses and sell the sites to self-builders, does this excuse me from having to give away 3 to a housing association?
 
 
#5 Pete Finlay 2013-09-27 13:45
So genuine self-builders will be exempt from the Community Infrasructure Levy and "inappropriate Section 106 tariffs".

Pretty good news all round - except who will decide if a Section 106 tariff is inappropriate? Will councils be told that they can charge a Section 106 tariff to Self Builders but only up to a certain amount laid down by the government? Or will it be up to the Self-Builder to appeal against a Section 106 tariff claiming the level of tariff chargedf is inappropriate?

Bit open ended, isn't it.
 
 
#4 Richard W Mulholland 2013-09-23 14:26
Quoting Editor:
Richard,

"Exactly what is meant by "genuine self-builders""

It's people who are building a home to live in themselves - not someone who is building then selling the home for a profit soon afterwards.

SBP


Thanks SBP

The situation is open to manipulation; i.e. someone can say they are genuine, even move into the property but place it immediately on the market.
I am of the opinion that self builders should live in their newly built home for an extensive time frame but am aware that life doesn't always allow such a tidy procedure.
 
 
#3 Editor 2013-09-23 10:53
Richard,

"Exactly what is meant by "genuine self-builders""

It's people who are building a home to live in themselves - not someone who is building then selling the home for a profit soon afterwards.

SBP
 
 
#2 Richard W Mulholland 2013-09-21 13:33
Exactly what is meant by "genuine self-builders" I welcome clarity on this term with particular emphasis on (1) the initial determination of who is a genuine self builder (2)who makes the determination (3) and then the continuity in terms of time.

"quote" Meanwhile, genuine self-builders will be exempted from paying inappropriate Section 106 tariffs and the Community Infrastructure Levy
 

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