Housing and Planning Minister Brandon Lewis announced the new plans last week, which are designed to support aspiring custom and self builders who want to build their own homes.
Eleven areas are already pioneering the Right to Build scheme, developing a register of prospective custom builders in the area and matching them up to shovel ready sites. Now, though, the scheme will be rolled out across England, so that anyone who wants to build their own home will be able to turn to their council for help in finding a suitable plot of land.
This comes at the same time as a government supported Private Member’s Bill on plans for a Right to Build register is being taken forward through Parliament by the MP for South Norfolk Richard Bacon.
Mr Lewis said making custom build a more realistic option for more people was part of the government’s drive to support aspiring home owners, including a new generation of custom builders who see it as an alternative to buying an existing home.
The consultation seeks views from local planning authorities, the custom build sector and prospective custom builders about what they would like to see from the Right to Build. It looks at the local demand for custom build, meeting demand on the register with available land and how the Right to Build will work within the existing planning framework.
Planning Minister Brandon Lewis comments: “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.
“This is just one of a range of measures we’re taking to help aspiring homeowners, and to get Britain building – and thanks to our efforts, house building levels are at their highest since 2007 and rising.”
This will not be a free-for-all, though: those looking to build will still need to go through the normal planning application process.
Source: The Movechannel