Self-build housing sector-the Government’s view

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Extract from the House of Commons briefing note on Self Build, May 2014 This note provides information on the support, including financial support, available from Government to individuals or groups wishing to build or commission their own homes. It includes information on the development of the self-build (also known as the ‘custom build’) sector and the main challenges faced by self-builders.

Housing policy is a devolved issue and Scotland and Northern Ireland have had different policies on the self-build sector, however, some of the measures in the 2011 action plan developed by the National Self Build Association and the UK Government apply to Scotland. Information on the Scottish Government’s policies on self-build can be found here. The Scottish Government has also produced a Self Build Guide for Scotland. The Welsh Government’s 2011 housing plan can be found here.

The Government announced several measures in the 2014 Budget designed to encourage people to build their own homes, including a £150 million fund to help make available 10,000 serviced plots. The Government has also said that it is investigating making the Help to Buy equity loan scheme available for custom build, and that it will consult on creating a new ‘Right to Build’ – giving custom builders a legal right to a suitable plot of land from councils

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This post was written by Julian Owen