Government boosts self-build sector

Published:  14 January, 2011

LONDON: Housing minister Grant Shapps pledged support for self-builders, Britain's largest house builders who account for one-fifth of new homes each year.

Mr Shapps has asked the National Self Build Association (NASBA) to work with his officials to develop an action plan to boost the number of self-builders across the country - and address the common barriers aspiring self-builders face, including availability of land - including making public sector land available for house building.

A new Community Right to Build will offer communities the chance to give the green light to new developments without the need for specific planning applications. This could be local people working alone to build their own homes, or entire communities coming together to build the homes the area needs.

The self-build sector accounts for 10,000 building projects each year - so making it easier for more people to build their own home will provide a welcome boost to the housing market he said.

Simon Middleton, director of specialist self-build site insurer, Self Build Zone said: "This is really is a positive step forward for anyone who has dreamed of building their own home but have had their hopes dashed through a complex planning system and lack of land in their community."

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