Interest increases in self and custom-build plots in England

OVER 12,000 individuals – in England, alone – have registered an interest in self and custom-build housing.

According to the Westminster Department for Levelling up (here), 12,263 new individuals joined the register between October 31 2020 and October 30 last year, representing an increase of 31 per cent from the same period a year earlier.

Among the figures released by the department, 157 new groups joined the register during the same timeframe, an increase of 12 per cent from the previous year.

Among other findings:

* 58,813 individuals were on the register in total, an increase of 25 per cent from a year earlier;

* 759 groups were on the register in total, an increase of 14 per cent from 2019-20; and

* 8,309 planning permissions were granted for serviced plots suitable for self and custom-build, an increase of seven per cent from the same period a year earlier.

Since the Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015, every local authority in England has been required to keep a register of individuals and groups who are seeking to acquire serviced plots of land in the authority’s area for their own self-build and custom housebuilding.

Picture credit: Place Design Scotland

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