Grant Shapps coalition minister for ‘Self Build Homes’ in June 2012 has wisely copied the business plan of the Self Build Family homes site at Flosh Meadows, Cleator !!!! OOOkaaay; perhaps he also had other models to follow but at Flosh Meadows, Cleator, in the wonderful area of Copeland being immediately adjacent to the Lake District National Park that was our 1st stage procedures and if allowed by our local planners it will also be our next. We build the roads & pavements, put in electric, gas, water, telephone and drains to each plot boundary and then invite plot owners to connect up and build their family homes. The owners achieve a magnificent and affordable family home and the high quality housing stock in our area is improved. More »
It is quite unusual for a Government Minister to praise an opposition MP for forcing the Government to change its own law says M.P for Bassetlaw John Mann. That did happen last week however when Planning Minister Nick Boles congratulated me for my 18 month, one-man campaign to reverse excessive Government taxes on people building their own homes.
Since 2012 I have been campaigning to reverse aspects of the law in question, the Community Infrastructure Levy, a tax which has made it impossible for people to build their own homes. Cases brought to me include a soldier returning from Afghanistan; a retired miner wanting to build a bungalow on his land for a disabled son; a young recently married couple, and a widow who wishes to move into a smaller property. All will now be exempt from the new tax. More »
The Communities and Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles on 15 October 2013 said he will turn the UK into a “nation of self-builders” by offering subsidies and tax breaks to people who create their own home.
The UK must become like countries including Austria, Belgium and Sweden, which “reward” people who choose to build their own property, Mr Pickles said.
He said that helping tens of thousands of people to build their own homes will stop “homogeneous, pasteurised housing” being built across the country.
People in the countryside will then be much less likely to oppose custom built housing than larger developments and estates, Mr Pickles said. More »
This is the second progress report prepared by the National Self Build Association (NaSBA), as a follow up to the publication of the initial joint Government-Industry report – An Action Plan to promote the growth of self build housing – in July 2011.
The last two years has seen a great deal of activity, and growing signs that all the effort is beginning to bear fruit. There are now dozens of local councils actively bringing forward policies and local initiatives to enable more self and custom build development across the country. We are also seeing considerable enthusiasm from local community groups to progress neighbourhood plans and Community Right to Build projects. More »
Every month for the past 15 years HOME BUILDING & RENOVATING MAGAZINE has published a Build Cost Table showing average construction costs for self-builders across the UK, making it easy for anyone to get an idea of how much it is likely to cost to build their own home. The table includes variables for build quality, discounts for DIY involvement as project manager or tradesperson (or labour), the economies of scale achieved with larger houses and the number of storeys, plus regional variations.
Flosh Meadows Authors note: the table shows, excluding land costs, that at July 2013 a standard to excellent specification two storey 4 bedroom detached home of 12m x 12m with an integral garage can be built for £100k to £150k or less dependent on your “sweat equity” [being the amount of control & labour you put in] additionally zoopla (nationwide house price experts) in July 2013 shows a 12 year old four bedroom house immediately adjacent to Flosh Meadows, Cleator at an offer price of £299,950.00). More »
Strict planning laws, expensive land and a lack of lending all impede the Government’s aim of growing the UK self-build sector from 100,000 to 200,000 over 10 years. But measures such as Help to Build MIG could soon ease this problem reports Mortgage Strategy on 10 July 2013.
In a fresh push last month MPs, lenders and policy makers set up an all party parliamentary group on self-build.
The idea is to raise awareness of the issue in parliament and create a forum for lawmakers to implement changes that could boost self-builders. More »
A group of MPs will explore whether it is possible to include self-build projects in the Government’s Help to Buy mortgage indemnity guarantee scheme as part of efforts to make the sector more accessible.
An all-party parliamentary group for self-build has been set up to explore how to boost the number of self-build projects in the UK from 100,000 to 200,000 within the next decade. More »
Proposed changes in the UK could save self builders thousands of pounds by ensuring they are exempt from paying a levy charge that must be paid for all new buildings over a certain size. Reported in excellent article by propertywire.com on Tuesday, 16 April 2013. The government says it is committed to helping more people achieve their aspirations of owning a home and wants to help boost housing supply by making self build housing a mainstream option. More »
TEIGNBRIDGE has a bright future, according to Teignbridge District Council leader Jeremy Christophers in his 2013 new year message.
With the local plan under way, he says Teignbridge’s future in 20 years’ time is being shaped right now. Young working families can get on the housing ladder with self-build, says Cllr Christophers. He is passionate about promoting self-build homes to overcome housing issues in South Devon.
He says: “We want to support young working families. Self-build does that, it gives them a chance to get on the housing ladder.
Cllr Christophers said: “The fact is we can’t go on without a local plan as it leaves too much of the countryside at risk of development.
“We’ll get people interested in self-build together with people who can show them how to move forward. Banks are also now ready to lend to self-builders.” More »
What happened to Britain’s self-build revolution?
It was heralded as one of the government’s answers to the housing crisis, but the self-build revolution is still to take off in Britain. Why is the idea proving so unpopular?
Light-touch regulation of self-build could boost popularity, but are councils prepared relax their planning rules?
Building your own home is seen as something of a niche activity, but the government is very keen for that to change. Faced with a dearth of activity across much of the mass housebuilding sector, housing minister Mark Prisk has urged councils to help bring about the “self-build revolution” heralded by his predecessor Grant Shapps. More »
England’s 353 councils are set to share a cash payout of £661m over the next year, after delivering 142,000 new homes, including self Build and affordable properties.
This funding under the New Homes Bonus scheme will also reward councils for bringing 13,000 long-term empty properties back into use.
This latest allocation, to be paid in the 2013 to 2014 financial year, means councils will have received £1.3bn through the scheme since its launch in April 2011. More »
New guidance has been published by the National Self Build Association (NaSBA) which provides advice on how planners and custom-build developers can make it easier for people to build their own homes. The guide explains how new Government policy included in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) encouraging self-build can be applied locally.
encouraging larger scale, self-build communities – like those that are already underway in Continental Europe – using public land to proactively facilitate self build projects – setting a target for a certain proportion of new homes to be self-builds when allocating sites or planning for new homes – treating modest low-cost self builds as ‘affordable’ housing – specifically encouraging self-builds in certain areas – for example on ‘infill’ sites, OR AS SMALL- SCALE EXTENSIONS ON THE EDGE OF TOWNS OR VILLAGES. More »
Which of us hasn’t fantasised about a new house, exactly as we want it? You know the sort of thing: swimming pool in the garden, ‘his and hers bathrooms’, or even a home cinema. Well, such dreams may not be as far-fetched as you think, because around 15,000 people a year are now building their own homes. Most buy a plot of land, then hire architects and builders to do all the physical work for them.
By avoiding the large profit margins of developers, they can save tens of thousands of pounds AND have a home designed solely for them. More »
Housing minister calls for more self-build mortgages
Speaking at a conference organised by the Council of Mortgage Lenders, Housing Minister Mark Prisk encouraged lenders to make it easier for people to build their own homes.
The self-build market in the UK has been hampered by limited availability of land and red tape, as well as a lack of self-build mortgages. More »
On Tuesday, 16 October 2012 UK Housing Minister Mark Prisk announced that the first applications for a slice of a new £30 million self build investment fund have been earmarked for approval. Speaking at a special self build workshop for local authority leaders in London, Prisk said that the first projects would benefit from over £1.1million to start work on up to 20 self build plots. More »
Self-build ‘could lead UK to economic recovery’ says Jewsons on September 11, 2012: The self-build sector could help to resolve the UK’s housing crisis and support the country on it way to economic recovery, a specialist has said. More »
07 September 2012: Plymouth Council appeals to self builders; The council has directly appealed to people who have perhaps found themselves locked out of the housing market by high prices and tough borrowing conditions, and believes that self build projects could hold the key to solving the current crisis. Plymouth City Council is calling for would-be self builders to get in touch and help tackle the area’s housing shortage. More »
An excellent and comprehensive article on self build was written on August 16, 2012 by “Plainview planning consultants”. This is required reading for prospective self builders, local authority planners and their regeneration managers. Self build will eventually be accepted by UK planners as a major source of high specification, low carbon affordable homes with beneficial employment within the building trade and suppliers. More »
I was talking with two hopeful self builder earlier today. They were trying to (their description) “get their head around Eco requirements” for their hopeful new self build home. I am not sure if they appreciated my answer “so am I !!!”. but I pointed them to the Self Build Portal web site: which contains amongst many others the following helpful article. More »
RICS has today (27 June 2012) published guidance which aims to increase lending on new and self build houses by encouraging greater confidence in valuations. The guidance has been updated to arm surveyors with the information they need to provide valuations for new and self build properties following market feedback, which revealed a growing trend in surveyors valuing new builds differently to older homes. More »
Kevin McCloud to support the self-build surge’ On the 14 May 2012 Kevin McCloud was appointed by the self-build industry to support the national surge of interest in people looking to design and build their own home. The Self-build industry champion and new £30 million fund will boost the self build revolution. More »
Undoubtedly, the emerging demand for sustainability in the housing sector is evidence of the fact that home buyers are becoming more environmentally and economically aware. Self-building attracts sustainability and when incorporated in the design of houses can lead to a significant reduction in life-time operation costs, while minimising the environmental impact of the housing sector: More »
New help for self home builders launched at most famous address in the country (Published 19 April 2012)
A package of new support to give as many people as possible the opportunity to build their own homes was announced today at England’s most famous address by Housing Minister Grant Shapps. It comes as a new report predicts a 141 per cent rise in the mortgages available for those building their own homes over the next three years. More »
Requisitioning a public sewer – kicking up a stink? (article supplied & owned by HartBrown Solicitors)
If the route of a foul sewer for a proposed development will need to pass over land owned by a third party then the developer will of course need to approach those owners to see if they would be willing to grant the necessary rights. However, if they are not prepared to co-operate, then the developer may have no alternative but to requisition the sewerage undertaker to provide a public sewer for the development. More »
The Code for Sustainable Homes is an environmental assessment method for rating and certifying the performance of new homes. It is a national standard for use in the design and construction of new homes with a view to encouraging continuous improvement in sustainable home building. It was launched in December 2006 with the publication of Code for Sustainable Homes: A step-change in sustainable home building practice (Communities and Local Government, 2006) and became operational in April 2007. Where Building Regulations apply, compliance is necessary at all times. More »
Housing Minister Grant Shapps talks about custom (self) building at Grand Designs Live 31 May 2011
This is the first time I’ve been to Grand Designs – it’s impressive. I should have expected nothing less as Kevin McCloud is involved. My very first visit as Housing Minister was to Kevin’s west country development where they were pushing the boundaries of design and eco-building. And we’ve all seen ‘Grand Designs’ on the TV. Self-build schemes that are almost always startling in scale and ambition. More »
The existing Flosh Meadows self build community at Cleator, Cumbria consists of five high quality detached family homes built in 2001. It is pleasing and supportive of the community and locality that in 2012 four of the original five self build families still live in the homes they built. The land owners & developers Betty & Richard Mulholland who live adjacent have applied within the Copeland Borough Council Local Development Plan to be permitted to further develop the community. More »