Local families can buy affordable plot

Flosh Meadows management are to discuss the recent national advice on how some local people can purchase an “Affordable Plot” this will be a plot with a 20% reduction under certain conditions (List Nos 2, 3, 5 & 9 below particularly apply)

NaCSBA’s 10-point manifesto sets agenda for new government

NaCSBA’s 10-point manifesto sets agenda for new government

The National Custom and Self Build Association(NaCSBA) has put together a 10-point manifesto which spells out the challenges that Theresa May’s government must take on board to help it meet the housing crisis.

The manifesto lists the key points that are essential for a better housing market, with particular reference to how self and custom build, through the Right to Build, can contribute to alleviating the housing shortage.

 NaCSBA’s 10 Point Manifesto

1 Raise public awareness of the Right to Build in England (and equivalent in Scotland, Wales and NI) with a consumer campaign to help more of the 53% of adults who would like to build their own home to fulfill their ambition.

2 Introduce a ‘Help to Build’ equity loan scheme for affordable self build homes to help more people get on the housing ladder and deliver a more diversified supply of new homes.

3 Release more public sector land for the creation of serviced custom and self build plots – including low cost, affordable plots.

4 Incentivise the public sector to develop custom build starter homes to accelerate delivery and extend housing choice. This could be through access to low cost funding.

5 Allow communities to use exception site planning permissions for custom and self-build homeswhere they are for local people, key workers and others who satisfy a ‘local connection test’.

6 Incentivise landowners to create and sell serviced plots direct to market by equalising the tax status with that for selling land in a single transaction to the volume housebuilders.

7 Introduce tax relief for gifts of land and property for community-led housebuilding.

8 Continue to exempt small scale custom and self-build developments from town hall taxes intended for the big speculative housebuilders – and ensure this is available across the UK.

9 Encourage rural authorities to allow people who meet a local connection test to build an affordable home so they can stay in the area (retained at a discount to market value in perpetuity).

10 Simplify the process for community groups to buy land and get planning permission for homes, including preferential bidder status on the sale of public sector land.

“Growing the custom and self build sector will help to democratise housebuilding, giving local communities more control over who gets to build what and where,” said Michael Holmes, NaCSBA Chair.

“Communities will have the ability to meet local housing demand, ensuring that future generations can afford to become homeowners in the area in which they live and work and that there is suitable housing for older people.”

Editor’s comment

With a new Housing and Planning Minister in power, it’s vital that Right To Build stays firmly on the agenda. Brexit will dominate every minute of this cabinet’s tenure, but it’s crucial that the industry builds on the successes made in the last few years. Housing must remain on the agenda. What’s interesting with this manifesto is the emphasis on affordability – this is the real hurdle custom build must leap to truly get the rubber stamp of all local authorities.

Self Build Homes encouraged by UK Government Sep’ 2017

Custom-Built Homes to be Pushed by UK Government

September 14, 2017 by CRL Management

original article can be found at: New Custom Build Homes

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Custom-built and self-built homes are a way to change housing from something a community receives to something the community does for itself.

Despite a growth rate of 6.25% year on year, self-built properties are still a minor phenomenon in the UK, accounting for only 10% of a newly built homes. In contrast, 60% of homes in Germany, France, and Italy are self-built. In Australia and the U.S.A., the amount is 40%.

England and Scotland are now getting involved in a sector that could provide the UK with over 40,000 new homes per year.

The country’s first plot shop has now been opened. Located in Bicester, it will sell land plots on the Graven Hill in Oxfordshire to those seeking new custom built homes. Once complete, the development will be the biggest of its kind in the country, providing up to 1,900 new custom and self built homes.

Housing and Planning Minister Alok Sharma said that methods of supplying needed housing need to become more creative. The opening of the first plot shop in the UK will make it possible to deliver new custom built homes and self-built properties on a wider scale.

The SNP Government in Scotland is establishing simplified planning zones, where certain types of development will have planning permission waived. The Housing White Paper also confirmed intentions to doubling the number of custom and self-built homes by the end of the decade.

Virgin Money also released a product for self-builders. The new custom built homes market offers substantial growth potential by delivering high-quality homes tailored to a buyer’s individual requirements.

With custom build, aspiring homebuilders are given the tools to design their dream homes whilst the professionals step in to translate those dreams into reality. This strategy eliminates the risk and burden normally associated with a self-build project, creating a more varied housing market that advocates both individuality and design.

In April 2016 it became a requirement for every council across the country to retain a register of people seeking to build their own home. Over 18,000 aspiring homeowners have now submitted their names to local registers.

The Home Building Fund, which the government launched in October 2016, has made short term loan finance worth £1 billion to support custom build, innovation, and small and medium-sized enterprise builders.

According to the Self & Custom Build Market Report, the estimated value of the sector is £6 billion and growth of 41% is expected over the next three years. Contributor James Orme said that the market increase and other factors are motivating product and service suppliers to regard the custom and self-build markets as interesting opportunities.

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Government double number of self-build homes

Government unveils plans to double number of self-build homes

Posted on February 5, 2016 by Stephen Little in News with 0 Comments

what-mortgage-feb-2016selfbuildhousePeople looking to kick-start their dreams of building a home will find it much easier now with the launch of new registers scheme designed to help them find plots.

Councils will have to keep a register of aspiring self and custom house builders when planning for future housing and land use from 1 April as part of the government’s solution to tackle the housing crisis.

The registers should make it easier for those looking to build their own homes to find a plot of land when one becomes available.

Housing and Planning Minister Brandon Lewis said the move will help unlock the massive potential the custom build industry has to meet the UK’s future housing needs.

Lewis said: “Many other countries have a track record of delivering large numbers of local homes through self-build and we’re determined to ensure self and custom house building grows significantly.

“The new registers are a fantastic example of our commitment to double the number of custom and self build homes by 2020 – so anyone who wishes to design their dream house can do so.”

According to Halifax , average house prices rose 9.7% to £212,430 in the year to January.

As result of the housing crisis, many people now fear they will never get on the property ladder. Rising prices have been blamed on the shortage of supply as well as rising demand.

The government pledged to build 400,000 new homes by the end of the current parliament as part of its commitment to boosting home ownership in the Autumn Statement.

However, the UK currently only builds about half the number of the 250,000 homes which are needed each year.

The registers are in addition to the measure in the Housing and Planning Bill which will require authorities to ensure they have sufficient shovel ready plots to match the local demand on their register.

The Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Bill was first presented to Parliament by Richard Bacon MP and placed a duty on local authorities to keep a register of those seeking an interest in bringing forward self and custom build projects.

In the Spending Review the government announced the Housing Development Fund which aims to provide access to £1 billion of loan finance for up to 5 years supporting the provision of over 25,000 homes through to 2024 to 2025.

The fund is for custom build, small and medium builders and innovative new building methods.

The  original excellent article can be viewed at:

Government unveils plans to double number of self-build homes

South Norfolk MP calls for a self-build homes revolution to limit dominance of major housebuilders

Richard-Bacon-MPWhy, when it comes do buying a shirt do we have almost infinite choice, yet when it comes to investing in a new home, we seem to have hardly any? says MP for South Norfolk Richard Bacon

The current new-build housing market, dominated by a few large-volume companies is “intellectually bankrupt”, according to South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon.

The answer? Empowering more people to be able to build their own homes. Continue reading “South Norfolk MP calls for a self-build homes revolution to limit dominance of major housebuilders”

Developers dumping identikit ‘crap’ homes across Britain says Kevin McCloud

Developers are dumping identikit “crap” homes on sites across Britain which could be used for a revolution in self-built homes, Kevin McCloud, the Grand Designs presenter has claimed. As reported in The Guardian on Monday 05 May 2014. McCloud welcomed proposals to be announced by ministers on Tuesday which will force councils to make land available for people to build their own homes to help combat a crisis in affordable new housing. Continue reading “Developers dumping identikit ‘crap’ homes across Britain says Kevin McCloud”

Self-build penalties quashed February 2014

Mann John CIL Feb 2014It 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. Continue reading “Self-build penalties quashed February 2014”

Turn UK into a Nation of Self-Builders says Government Minister

Pickles_webThe 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. Continue reading “Turn UK into a Nation of Self-Builders says Government Minister”

Action Plan to promote the growth of self build housing – Second progress report

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. Continue reading “Action Plan to promote the growth of self build housing – Second progress report”

UK govt to make self build homes exempt from infrastructure levy

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. Continue reading “UK govt to make self build homes exempt from infrastructure levy”

New Homes Bonus scheme adds up to £660m for councils

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. Continue reading “New Homes Bonus scheme adds up to £660m for councils”

Self building guide published-November 2012

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.
These include:
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. Continue reading “Self building guide published-November 2012”

Housing minister calls for more self-build mortgages

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. Continue reading “Housing minister calls for more self-build mortgages”

Self-build ‘could lead UK to economic recovery’

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. Continue reading “Self-build ‘could lead UK to economic recovery’”

Government copies Flosh Meadows Business Plan !!

Grant Shapps coalition minister forSelf Build Homes’  in June 2012 has wisely copied the business plan of the Flosh Meadows, Cleator, Self Build family homes site; he recommended that more self build plots should be sold with roads and services in the close vicinity of each plot; 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 first procedure 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 housing stock in our area is improved with these high quality homes.

Sustainability: Self Builders versus Major Developers

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: Continue reading “Sustainability: Self Builders versus Major Developers”

Government encourages self-builders

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. Continue reading “Government encourages self-builders”

Code for Sustainable Homes

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. Continue reading “Code for Sustainable Homes”

Government on Self Build 2011

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. Continue reading “Government on Self Build 2011”