Right to Bulld: Supporting and promoting Self-Build and Custom Housing
In March 2015, the Self-Build and Custom HousingBuilding Act 2015 received Royal Assent.
The Act is of the Government’s first steps that build on the Right to Build initiative and aims to promote an increase in the number of people commissioning or building their own home.
The new Act requires local authorities to establish a public register of individuals and community groups looking for land for self-build and custom build projects.
The local authority is expected to consider this register and the demand for self- and custom build when developing their housing, planning, regeneration and land disposal functions.
The Act does not require authorities to offer suitable plots of land at market value to those on the register. However, it is anticipated that this may well be the subject of future legislation.
Developers will also be able to benefit from the Act by including self-build and custom build properties as contributing to their affordable housing oblgatons.
The Government has introduced various incentives for those wanting to build their own homes, including:
– £65m of Affordable Housing Guarantee Programme funding for community-led custom build projects;
– £30m Custom Build Homes Fund offering repayable finance for larger multi-unit projects;
– £150m Custom Build Serviced Plots Loan Fund offering short-term loans to bring forward serviced plots; and
– £525m Builders’ Finance Fund (2015/16 to 2016/17) to provide development finance to help unlock stalled small housing sites.
More specifically, recent amendments to Section 106 policy mean custom and self builders have been exempted from paying Community Infrastructure Levy [CIL].
It is hoped that this relief from CIL payments will help boost the number of self-build projects as it is estimated that those wishing to build their own home will save, on average, £15,000 per dwelling.
The relief from CIL payments does not apply to those building to sale, and for that reason a person is required to live in a completed home for 3 years to remain exempt from CIL payments.
Teignbridge District Council have the following provision in their South West Exeter Development Framework Plan [adopted in July 2014]”
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5% of custom build plots as per (WE7)
This commitment was confirmed in a planning application for Land At Matford Home Park, south Of A379 approved at a Planning Committee meeting of 29 July 20143.14 In line with Policy WE7 (Custom Build Dwellings) of the Local Plan this applicationis required to deliver 5% of the housing as Custom Build dwellings. This has been agreed by the applicant.
Guardian: Self build: a dream home – with a catch [13 September 2014]
althoughthere is a real difference between custom build, self build those with good incomes and capital and/or build know how highlighted in the Guardian couple as opposed to people with low income and capital and no building know how, but lots of enthusiasm to find a long term solution to their housing need.