A new £210 million scheme has been unveiled by the Welsh Government with the aim of making it easier for self-builders.
Since the beginning of April 2016, over 40,000 people have now signed up to Right to Build registers across England to secure a plot to design and build their dream home but opportunities are not being publicised sufficiently, it is suggested.
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Housing and Planning Minister, Alok Sharma, has opened the UK’s first ‘plot shop’ in Bicester.
The shop will sell plots of land on the Graven Hill site in Oxfordshire to people who want to build their own home from scratch, or through customised design.
Graven Hill is set to deliver up to 1,900 new self and custom-build homes. The development was approved in 2014.
Councils in England will be obliged to make sure plots of land are available to anyone wanting to self-build or custom-build their own home, and supporters reckon it will help increase the supply of affordable homes.
One in five people in the UK believe there would be increased public support for the building of new homes if self or custom build properties contributed to a greater proportion of those built, new research shows.
Despite the Self Build and Custom Housebuilding Act (also known as the Right to Build Act) coming into force on 01 April 2016, some 77% of people in the UK are unaware councils are now required to keep a register of those looking to buy land in the local area to carry out self or custom build projects.
The registers will work alongside measures due to come into force in the upcoming Housing and Planning Bill, which will require authorities to ensure they have sufficient permissioned plots to match the local demand on their register.
Self-builders in the UK should find it much easier to kick start their dreams of building a home with the launch of new registers to support eager builders find plots.
From 01 April councils will have to keep a register of aspiring self and custom house builders when planning for future housing and land use, it was announced by Housing and Planning Minister Brandon Lewis.
He explained that as part of government plans to provide more homes, new measures and guidance have been put in place to clearly set out the procedure local authorities will have to take when people wish to register their interest for a plot of land.
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