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Time to comply with The Right to Build

Local paper puts the spotlight on Rochdale Borough Council’s lack of self build register

 

26 September 2016

After the spotlight was put on Rochdale Borough Council by its local paper for failing to set up a self build demand register, the council has set up a new feature on its website

Since the Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding Act came into force in England on 1 April 2016, Rochdale should have had an online register in place to assess demand for custom and self-build homes in the area.

All councils are obliged to provide a register to assess local demand for self-build, and as a minimum requirement, are recommended to have a web page dedicated to self and custom housebuilding. When the Right to Build (part of the Housing and Planning Act) commences at the end of October, councils in England will have a legal duty to ensure the delivery of sufficient serviced building plots to meet local demand.

Michael Holmes, chairman of NaCSBA said: “Those local authorities in England that do not have a register are not only failing to meet their legal duty under the Self Build and Custom Housebuilding Act, but are letting down their local community, as there are hundreds of thousands of people who would like to build their own home yet cannot find a plot."

"Without a register in place, they will not have an indication of local demand and how many individual building plots they need to permission. As a consequence, they may face appeals against refusals of planning permission for custom and self-build homes as well as the risk potential legal challenges, so it’s imperative for them to start implementing without delay to meet the end of October deadline.”

 

Comments  

 
#1 John Cattermole 2016-10-01 11:59
We've been told our self-build application would be refused 5mins after the yellow notice was nailed to the site entrance. There was no benefit associated with our Eco-house self build because 'nothing has changed in planning law' since our first application was dismissed on appeal a year ago for 'harm' to the 'character of the village'. No evidence of any harm of any kind was offered by the Inspector who acknowledged no view would be harmed. So we have suffered no support or interest from the LPA or the Inspectorate who are free to administer prejudice and spectacular double standards without a need to back their decisions up. To add insult to injury they allowed 3 x 9m flagpoles to be placed at the entrance to our site to advertise the new 48 house development across the road! ....it's literally 20 feet away from our site!
 

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