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Unlocking the potential of self build

Inquiry held at Parliament discusses the potential of self and custom build to help solve UK's housing shortage 

 

04 November 2016

The Government could unlock the supply of tens of thousands of new homes a year from small, self, custom and community builders, according to an inquiry held at Parliament by the National Housing Taskforce.

The New Sources of Supply Inquiry, led by the National Community Land Trust Network, has been looking into new sources of housing supply that have the potential to combat the nation’s housing crisis.  

Helen Hayes MP, chair of the inquiry, said: "There is clearly a huge amount of enthusiasm and innovation among small, self, custom and community builders. But our inquiry is uncovering a long list of barriers that are frustrating their efforts, whether it's acquiring land, getting to site, accessing finance, or even just starting up a new community-led housing organisation.”

"The Government has an opportunity to take these sectors from the margins and help them become a mainstream part of house building in England. We've identified a lot of practical ways to do this, and will shortly be making our recommendations."

The Taskforce was set up by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Housing and Planning and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, after research revealed that the number of house builders has halved since the early 1990s – pointing out that eight builders now make up half the market.

Throughout 2016, the Taskforce has been developing clear, workable proposals for both Government and industry to address the UK’s chronic shortage of housing. Fifteen expert witnesses from specialist sectors, councils and lenders – including the National Custom and Self Build Association – spoke at the inquiry and discussed a variety of topics, as well as reviewing examples of best practice in the UK and abroad.

Subjects spoken about in detail were:

  • Releasing more public land, and helping local authorities and builders navigate issues like best consideration, competitive procurement and state aid that frequently trip innovative projects up.
  • How more private land could be released by thousands of owners who care about stewardship and local communities, particularly through work with community-led providers and if concerns about Right to Buy and Starter Homes are overcome.
  • The need for seed-corn finance to take new providers through to the point where commercial lenders will be willing to lend to them, including de-risking projects.
  • The role that enabling organisations can play, both in helping local authorities to put in place the right policies and procedures, and to support new providers to start up and grow.

For more information, visit: www.communitylandtrusts.org.uk

 

Comments  

 
#3 John Cattermole 2016-11-17 17:08
Sorry - petition link is:
https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/171683
 
 
#2 Ivor Cahill 2016-11-17 11:08
Click this link to sign the petition:
https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/171683/sponsors/ge4PgyEoJ1YmRuuxHZ3n

While we support the content of your comment above, as we are in the same situation (different authority), and would like to sign your petition. The link doesn't work and we cannot find the petition to see what it is.
Are you able to supply details and how to sign?
 
 
#1 John Cattermole 2016-11-07 22:27
Give self-build eco-homes by local families automatic planning permission.

We live in Aston Clinton village and have outgrown our home. We bought a corner of a field close to the village centre to build an affordable Eco-home. This year 278 homes have been approved for building on fields within 2 miles of our site by commercial builders. Ours was refused. It's a double standard.

Local Planning Authorities are supposed to be supporting self-builds, eco-homes, affordable homes and local people. Our LPA refused our application even though no measurable harm was established. High-impact commercial developments with big numbers of homes are favoured. This is wrong and is holding back the solution to the housing supply shortfall.

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Click this link to sign the petition:
https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/171683/sponsors/ge4PgyEoJ1YmRuuxHZ3n
 

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