24th October 2014
Ever dreamt of building your own home? Well that dream could become a reality under new plans for a ‘Right to Build’ scheme across England.
Housing and planning minister Brandon Lewis has announced the government will be supporting aspiring custom and self builders who want to build their own homes. Under Right to Build scheme, homebuilders will be able to turn to their council for help in finding a suitable plot of land.
Eleven councils are involved in the project with each building a register of prospective custom builders in the area and matching them up to shovel ready sites: Cherwell, South Cambridgeshire, Teignbridge, Shropshire, Oldham, West Lindsey, Exmoor and Dartmoor, Pendle, Sheffield, South Norfolk, and Stoke-on-Trent.
The Right to Build scheme is a way to help people get on to the property ladder and allow a new generation of people who see it as alternative to buying an existing home.
Lewis said: ‘Custom build should not be the preserve of a select few but a realistic opportunity for anyone who wants to build their own home and that’s why we’re supporting this Bill. Eleven areas are already leading the way on Right to Build. And out plans for this across England will help more people turn their ambitions into reality and clear the way for a new generation of custom builders.’
The government said the Right to Build process was not a planning ‘free-for-all’ and those who want to build under the scheme will still need to go through the normal planning process.
The Right to Build scheme is the latest addition to a raft of measures to help custom builders including a £150 million investment fund to support delivery of up to 10,000 services plots and exempting custom builders from paying the community infrastructure levy.