Housing minister Grant Shapps has said he wants to make self building a mainstream housing option and has set up a working group to see how this can be done.
Shapps is hoping to make it easier for people to raise finance to build their own homes and wants more land made available for self builders.
“Building your own house should be a common way for people to have a home,” he said. “Too many people end up living in identikit boxes that wouldn’t look out of place in Legoland. Why shouldn’t more people be able to build their own dream?
“I am keen to promote the plot concept of self build where serviced plots of land and development finance is available to people who wish to self build. Individuals could then engage an architect or commission a builder to manage the build of their own home.”
Shapps said the government would be releasing a tranche of land in the next few months that will be earmarked for self builders only.
“If done right, self build can enhance the quality of design and encourage more sustainable buildings,” he said.
Shapps promised community self build projects would become easier through the Community Right to Build measure, which is being introduced in the upcoming Localism Bill. The minister said the proposals should become law by the end of the year.
Around 20% of the country’s new homes are self build, which Shapps said compared unfavourably with other European countries such as Germany where just over half of all new homes are self built.
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