lhsbanner buildregisters oran

lhsbanner csbtk blue

lhsbanner fmb2

News

RUSS granted planning for training Hub and Self Build housing

Rural Urban Synthesis Society (RUSS) has been awarded planning permission for its community-led housing custom build scheme....

Read more

Task Force announces work with London Older Lesbian Cohousing

The Right to Build Task Force is advising London Older Lesbian Cohousing (LOLC), the Task Force's first official work with community-led housing group.

Read more

Dover Community-led Housing, Custom and Self Build Conference

Dover City Council is running a Community-led Housing and Self Build conference on 28 June, bringing together local people wishing to create their own home through the Right to ....

Read more

Check your Right to Build register status following GDPR

With GDPR now in effect, check with your local councils to ensure you've not been removed from your local Right to Build registers. 

Read more

Be inspired with a visit to a show home

Get inspired with a visit to a dedicated show home for an insight into what can be achieved with Self Build, starting with the newly refitted Milchester by Potton, in Cambridges....

Read more

Case Studies

Bath Street Collective Custom Build

Bath Street Collective Custom Build

Read more

Planning for retirement with Potton

Read more
Bakers Shaw

Bakers Shaw mixed build-method Passivhaus

Read more
Beattie Passive house

Manx passive home

Read more

Contemporary Timber Frame Home

Read more

Passivhaus Family Farmhouse

Read more

Steel Farm

Read more

Merlin Haven

Read more

Timber Frame Home, Ventnor

Read more

Aldcliffe Yard, Lancaster

Read more

Walthamstow Social Rent Scheme

Read more

Prefabricated Passivhaus bungalow

Read more

Cookham Dean, Berkshire

Read more

Harvest House

Read more

Bickleigh Eco Village, Devon

Read more

Stoke-on-Trent Serviced Building Plots

Read more

Forevergreen House

Read more

Housing People Building Communities

Read more

Sülzer Freunde, Cologne

Read more

Manor Farm, Kirton

Read more

Straw-baling, Perthshire

Read more

Findhorn

Read more

Almere, Holland

Read more

Hockerton

Read more

Top tips

Charlie Luxton's
Top Tip

Charlie Luxton's  Top Tip Read more

we support_logo-2tb

Task Force shares Right to Build policy experiences with Dutch government

Right to Build Task Force Ambassador Richard Bacon MP recently headed to the Netherlands to share England’s experiences of the Right to Build legislation with national and local government at a conference in The Netherlands (pictured).

Accompanied by Task Force Director Mario Wolf, the team had been invited to help the Dutch government as it investigates whether or not to follow our lead by having policy in place to enable any Dutch citizen to sign up to a register to build or design their own home.

It’s great to see our Right to Build Task Force engaging with The Netherlands, as the body that does so much work to make Custom and Self Build opportunities happen across the UK is actually based on a Dutch idea.

And in The Netherlands, this team, the catchily-named Expertteam Eigenbouw, helped double the size of the Self Build sector in three years, so the Task Force was already engaging with a forward thinking country in Self and Custom Build.

In fact, Self Build housing in the Netherlands constitutes about 1 in 5 of all privately owned new homes now being built, compared to just 7% in England, so it’s great that such an experienced country looking to the UK for inspiration.

Inspirational projects

But the conference also offered an opportunity for the Task Force to visit some of the wide-ranging Self Build projects that offer inspiration and examples of best practice.

The Netherlands has such a range of interesting models and routes to creating your own home, such as the Amsterdam scheme of Custom Build homes, show. They also have an entire neighbourhood in Almere, that’s dedicated to Self-Build, with a range of more adventurous and more traditional zones, as well as numerous other developments across the country.

But of particular interest for the Task Force was the chance to visit some innovative and affordable housing models, including a high-density serviced-plots site in the city, a regeneration project that includes Custom and Self Build plots in Delft, and an innovative self-refurbishment model of Custom Build in Amsterdam.

The concept of self-refurbishment as a route to home ownership is of particular interest to the Right to Build Task Force, as it could inform its work with English local authorities that have existing housing stock to regenerate.

This could see Custom and Self-Build as a viable route to turning old schools or offices into refurbished new homes by have-a-go self builders, bringing unused buildings back into use and creating additional affordable homes. After all, it’s all about creating new homes.

Credit: Wiebe Kiestra

Have your say

You need to sign in to be able to post comments

Sign in Register