Review of self-build registers announced, for England

AN England-only system that allows prospective self-builders to register an interest in any plots of land that might be available is to be reviewed.

Says a Westminster announcement, the review is designed “to make it easier for people to build their own home”.

Begins a media release, announcing the review: “Building or designing your own home plays an important part in helping people get a foot on the housing ladder.

“Currently there are around 15,000 of these types of homes built every year – an increase of 50 per cent in two years. But there is still more to be done to support the self and custom-build industry, last estimated be worth almost £4.5 billion to the UK economy.

“Councils are currently required to keep a register of those who wish to build in their local area. And by 30 October each year – ‘Right to Build’ day – councils should have granted planning permission to enough suitable plots to match the demand on their register.

“The review announced today will examine how effectively these arrangements support self and custom building, including whether they increase land available to support these homes.

“To increase transparency, help understand how councils are meeting the needs of their communities and also support developers understand the demand, Mr Jenrick has also announced that the data councils collect on self and custom build in their area will now be published annually.

“And the Housing Secretary [Robert Jenrick] has written to councils to ensure they consider the demand for these homes when providing land for building and making planning decisions in their area.”

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