Eleven councils have committed land under the government’s Right to Build scheme in a move by the Conservative Party to increase custom and self-build homes in the UK.
The pilot scheme will determine how the party’s ‘Right to Build’ policy is rolled out across the country to increase the custom and self-build sector.
The councils will receive a share of £550,000 to take part.
They are: Cherwell District; Exmoor and Dartmoor National Park Authorities; Oldham Metropolitan Borough; Pendle Borough; Sheffield City; Shropshire; South Cambridgeshire District; South Norfolk District; Stoke-on-Trent City; Teignbridge District; and West Lindsey District.
The councils will establish a register of prospective custom and self-builders in the area and begin to identify shovel-ready sites for those on the register.
Those builders looking to take part will need to go through the normal planning application process with the council, who will then be required to offer land to them for sale at market value.
A conservative party source told Construction News that the party want to take an alternative approach to the Labour party and place more responsibility on councils, rather than blaming large developers for land banking.
Housing minister Brandon Lewis said the government was “determined to help anyone who aspires to own their own home – whether that’s buying on the open market through schemes like our Help to Buy, or to build”.
Council housing plans
- Cherwell District Council will receive £90,000 and has committed to deliver 2,000 custom-build homes over the next 10 years
- South Cambridgeshire District Council will receive £50,000 and will bring forward at least 100 plots of land for custom builders and to begin selling land from January 2015
- Teignbridge District Council will receive £100,000 and will be implementing a ‘5 per cent self-build’ policy in their newly adopted Local Plan so 5 per cent of all new homes in the area are delivered by custom and self-builders
- Shropshire Council will receive £10,200 to bring forward 6 hectares of land for self-builders by linking with Stoke Council and local social landlords to find suitable plots
- Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council will receive £15,000 to begin bringing land forward for sale in autumn 2014 by using formerly-developed council-owned land to support aspiring self-builders in the area
- West Lindsey District Council will receive £5,000 to make self-build plots available on previously-developed public sector land in the area
- Exmoor and Dartmoor National Park Authorities will receive £28,000 to explore how local self-builders can be helped while protecting important countryside
- Pendle Borough Council will receive £46,000 to deliver self-build plots in the area and explore how this could be used to further deliver affordable homes
- Sheffield City Council will receive just under £100,000 to further deliver over 800 self-build sites, and look to support groups planning their own custom builds
- South Norfolk District Council will receive £25,000 to work with Saffron Housing Association in the area to deliver 40-60 custom build plots
- Stoke-on-Trent City Council will bring forward 72 hectares of land for local self-builders in the area