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Programme released for Right to Build Expo: Unlocking the potential of Custom and Self Build Housing

A detailed programme is now available for the Right to Build Expo on 18 September in Aylesbury, Bucks. Click here for the programme Alok Sharma MP, Minister of State for Housing and Planning features in a fantastic line-up of speakers which also includes Alexander De Vries, Project Manager from Nieuw Leyden in The Netherlands and … Continue reading Programme released for Right to Build Expo: Unlocking the potential of Custom and Self Build Housing

RIGHT TO BUILD TASK FORCE ANNOUNCES DEPUTY AMBASSADORS

Three new experts join NaCSBA’s expert team to aid the growth of Custom and Self Build housing in the UK The National Custom and Self Build Association’s (NaCSBA) Task Force has announced its three latest recruits, who will be joining the expert team as ambassadors to help boost and integrate Custom and Self Build housing … Continue reading RIGHT TO BUILD TASK FORCE ANNOUNCES DEPUTY AMBASSADORS

Registration open for Right To Build Expo, Sep 18th in Aylesbury, Bucks

Tickets have now gone live for the first in a new series of regional Right To Build Expos which will be taking place around the UK between 2017 and 2019. Sign up for your place at the Right to Build Expo now to galvanize you and your team with in-depth access to success stories and … Continue reading Registration open for Right To Build Expo, Sep 18th in Aylesbury, Bucks

Location of first Garden Villages announced

The Government has announced the first 14 garden villages across the country which collectively could deliver more than 48,000 homes. Garden Villages are distinct new settlements, each with between 1,500 and 10,000 homes and their own community facilities. Government is making available £6m in project support funding to local authorities over the next two years, … Continue reading Location of first Garden Villages announced

New annual £60 million Community Housing Fund launched

A new annual £60 million Community Housing Fund has been launched by Government to help 148 councils tackle the problem of high levels of second homeownership in their communities. The Fund comes in the form of a grant to local authorities to support local community affordable housing projects aimed at first-time buyers. The first year … Continue reading New annual £60 million Community Housing Fund launched

New £15m investment fund launched for larger-scale community-led housing projects

Big Society Capital has launched a £15m investment facility for social investors to fund large-scale community-led housing projects across the UK. The facility will provide development finance to larger, mainly urban, community-led housing projects after they have received planning permission. It is expected that such projects will require a mix of funding that includes both … Continue reading New £15m investment fund launched for larger-scale community-led housing projects

Planning secured for national large-scale custom build pilot project

Construction work will begin shortly on the 122 home custom build project at Park Prewett in Basingstoke. Basingstoke and Deane Council’s Development Control Committee has granted outline planning permission for the development at The Spinney, Aldermaston Road, Park Prewett, Basingstoke (Reference BDB/7477). Permission is subject to the completion of a Section 106 agreement and Conditions. … Continue reading Planning secured for national large-scale custom build pilot project
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New Self-build and Custom Housebuilding legislation now in force

New rules came into effect on 31 October 2016 which amended the Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015 and implemented Chapter 2 of the Housing and Planning Act 2016 which sets out provisions to support self-build and custom housebuilding. This means that the second and final part of the Right to Build, placing a duty … Continue reading New Self-build and Custom Housebuilding legislation now in force

Neighbourhood Plan in rural Norfolk includes self build percentage policy

The recently adopted Neighbourhood Plan for Great Plumstead, Little Plumstead and Thorpe End Garden Village in Norfolk has set out a strategy for delivering more opportunities for people to build their own homes. The Plan includes a policy that all new housing developments of 20 or more homes should consider allocating at least five per … Continue reading Neighbourhood Plan in rural Norfolk includes self build percentage policy

Persimmon to provide serviced plots on a 85 home scheme in Sheffield

The UK’s second largest housebuilder, Persimmon, is embracing self and custom build housing by providing nine self build plots on a 85 home project in Breighton Road, Sheffield. The latest project builds on the firm’s success at Ingleby Barwick in County Durham (where 55 plots are selling well) and at Elmwood Park Green, Newcastle Great … Continue reading Persimmon to provide serviced plots on a 85 home scheme in Sheffield

Teignbridge’s Supplementary Planning Document wins national award

Teignbridge District Council’s trail-blazing Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) has helped it win the top national award for being the most supportive custom build local authority in the country. The SPD was developed in 2014 and 2015, and was officially adopted as council policy in July of this year. Leader of the council, Jeremy Christophers said: … Continue reading Teignbridge’s Supplementary Planning Document wins national award

More that 250 custom build homes included in Basildon estate regeneration scheme

An innovative approach to providing future residents with a big say in the design and layout of their homes is one of the key features of a major £200m estate regeneration project in Essex. Almost half of the properties on the 560 home mixed-tenure Beechwood West development can be personalised by their future occupants. All … Continue reading More that 250 custom build homes included in Basildon estate regeneration scheme

Low cost modular custom build Starter Home costs less than £50k

An innovative design for a modular Starter Home has won the 2016 Self Build on a Shoestring competition. The design delivers a low energy, simple-to-construct 66 sq m house for £49,600. If the homes were mass produced the cost would come down to just £46,300 (excluding land costs). The team behind the design want to … Continue reading Low cost modular custom build Starter Home costs less than £50k

All 27 serviced plots on a custom build development in Teesside quickly purchased.

Work has now begun on the £1m infrastructure, drainage and servicing works for the plots on the Wynyard Park development, about eight miles south west of Hartlepool. The developer behind the scheme was taken aback by the speed with which the plots were sold, and he now plans to provide more opportunities for self-builders in … Continue reading All 27 serviced plots on a custom build development in Teesside quickly purchased.

Teignbridge adopts first Supplementary Planning Document on Custom and Self Build Housing

Teignbridge District Council has recently published a Custom and Self Build Supplementary Planning Document (SPD). The SPD, which was adopted on 19 July 2016, sets out the Council’s objectives and expectations in delivering custom and self-build housing across the district. It will be used to inform planning decisions made by the Council when determining planning … Continue reading Teignbridge adopts first Supplementary Planning Document on Custom and Self Build Housing

Council grants outline permission for self build plots on edge of Warwickshire village, despite a five year housing supply

Stratford-on-Avon council has given outline planning permission for eight self-build homes, with access and associated works, on 0.67ha of former agricultural land off Old Warwick Road on the edge of the village of Ettington (Ref: 15/04449/OUT). Appearance, landscaping, scale as well as layout are reserved for later determination and each plot is expected to submit a separate planning … Continue reading Council grants outline permission for self build plots on edge of Warwickshire village, despite a five year housing supply

NaCSBA and All Party Parliamentary Group visit The Netherlands

MP Richard Bacon together with NaCSBA’s Michael Holmes and Ted Stevens have successfully led a study trip to The Netherlands on behalf of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Custom and Self Build. The delegation comprised councillors from throughout the UK, including Glasgow, Oxford, Nottingham and Teignbridge – all hoping to learn how Dutch development … Continue reading NaCSBA and All Party Parliamentary Group visit The Netherlands

New way of crowd funding low-cost custom build homes supported by Sheffield City Council

CrowditBuildit is a new enterprise, supported by Sheffield City Council, that uses crowd funding techniques to help finance affordable custom build housing schemes. Its first development involves a small parcel of brownfield land at Merton Lane, Wincobank, near Meadowhall which was bought from Sheffield City Council under its custom build programme. The six Sheffield homes … Continue reading New way of crowd funding low-cost custom build homes supported by Sheffield City Council

Somerset council purchase two acre site to facilitate affordable self-build housing

FromeTown Council secured the option to purchase land on the edge of the town from a local landowner who had offered it at a modest price on condition that the homes were self-built and reserved for local young families on lower incomes. The Town Council has recently introduced policiessupporting self-build in its draft Neighbourhood Plan, … Continue reading Somerset council purchase two acre site to facilitate affordable self-build housing

New Briefing Note added on assessing the viability of projects

A new Briefing Note has been added to the Planning and Land section of the Toolkit that discusses how planners might assess the viability of private homebuilding developments when imposing planning obligations. The Note concludes that private homebuilding projects can be just as viable as market housing; that Local Plan viability assessments should test impacts … Continue reading New Briefing Note added on assessing the viability of projects

Five out of six English councils have set up demand Registers but many fail to comply with the new legislation

A recent analysis by the National Custom and Self Build Association (NaCSBA) suggests that 83 per cent of all English councils have now set up a demand Register, as required under the Self‐build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015. However,based on a random sample check by NaCSBA, it seems fewer than half (46%) comply with the … Continue reading Five out of six English councils have set up demand Registers but many fail to comply with the new legislation

Council Leaders urged to visit innovative self build projects in the Netherlands

Council Leaders are being invited to participate in a high level study trip to see some of the most innovative private homebuilding schemes in Europe. The two day trip – organised by the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) that represents the self an custom build sector – will see a string of projects across the … Continue reading Council Leaders urged to visit innovative self build projects in the Netherlands

New planning application form records number of self and custom built homes

The Department for Communities and Local Government has changed the national planning application form to require applicants seeking permission for new housing to specify whether the homes are self and custom build, or Starter Homes. Details of the change to Section 17 (Residential Units) now include separate categories for self and custom build, and Starter … Continue reading New planning application form records number of self and custom built homes

Housing and Planning Bill secures Royal Assent

After seven months of parliamentary scrutiny the Housing and Planning Bill was finally given Royal Assent on 12 May 2016 and is now an Act of Parliament. When commenced later in the year, the new Act will require all local planning authorities in England to ensure they have sufficient shovel-ready plots to match the local … Continue reading Housing and Planning Bill secures Royal Assent

New legislation comes into force

All English councils now have to keep a Register of potential self and custom house builders. This requirement was set out in The Self-build and Custom Housebuilding (Register) Regulations 2016 which implement the Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015. The Act placed a duty on councils to keep a Register of those seeking to bring … Continue reading New legislation comes into force
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