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Task Force promotes community-led housing with awards of free advice

Following a call for applications earlier in the year, the Right to Build Task Force has awarded five organisations free help in the form of tailored expert advice.

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The Netherlands has been leading the way in innovation for Custom and Self-build homes, so get inspired by some of the various routes it uses to give people a tailor-made home.&....

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RUSS training day: From proposal to Planning

RUSS is running a one-day workshop for community-led groups, the second module in its education programme. 

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Budget should give the self and custom build sector massive boost

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19 March 2014

A package of radical measures in today’s Budget should give the self and custom build sector the biggest boost it’s ever received.

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#5 Stephen 2014-03-27 20:17
This news is fine but still small landowners like myself hit a wall, in our case having a lovely 3.75 acre site that we would love to split up into several plots and offer the additional plots to fellow inspired would be self-builders. The sites in, but on the edge of the green belt in Dorset. Major housing development is imminent and close by on either side, with these sites having been removed from the greenbelt by the current local Core Strategy to be signed off early 2014. Consultants feel that our site is a natural progression and fit for development, but timing and current bureaucracy renders the site potentially redundant until the next core strategy at the earliest. This plot could be a fantastic opportunity to aspiring self builders and we need the inspiration of the Self Build Portal, NaSBA and central government to help make this and similar dreams a reality and in a sensible time-frame. Keep up the good work.
 
 
#4 Andy Lloyd 2014-03-21 12:05
Good but as council land is in short supply this this has limited scope. The main source of housing land remains developer led open market sites with quotas for affordable housing. Nasba needs to provide info on how self build can be delivered thru affordable housing policies as shared ownership (using models where rent is not charged), shared equity or mutual ownership (Lilac). On the market side developers would not lose value by selling plots and buyers save through the difference between construction cost and market value. Simultaneously the lower / nil land value of the affordable housing plots enables lower income households to self fund affordable homes with the benefit to subsequent buyers fixed through LA policy. This can also be done on affordable only schemes, and individual affordable units - as per the very successful Shropshire policy. Affordable housing represents an equal growth area for self build so needs to be promoted.
 
 
#3 Ted Stevens 2014-03-21 09:28
Its well accepted that land prices are very high in the UK, and currently self build plots are extremely hard to find. By bringing lots of them forward this ought to help stabilise (or hopefully reduce) typical plot prices. And if the sites are 'delivered' by councils they can do various things - for example, they could make larger plots a bit more expensive per sq m, to help make the cost of smaller ones much more reasonable; and they can (if they want) sell at a much lower than normal price to help those on modest incomes
 
 
#2 Angela Ammann 2014-03-20 08:05
I still see a problem with those newly available building plots still being insanely overpriced - will the goverment make sure that the prices for those plots are reasonable? Above article states " It comes in the form of a loan – so people can borrow money to buy land, split it into serviced plots, then replay the loan once the plots have been sold."
 
 
#1 Valerie Bearne 2014-03-19 14:45
Making self building mainstream, improving the quality and quantity of houses, supporting local economies - we've waited a long time for good news like this.
 

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