Self Build Action Plan
The report by the Government-Industry Self Build Working Group on how to promote the growth of self build housing was made public in July.
In January of 2011, the Minister for Housing and Local Government, Grant Shapps, achknowledged the many benefits of self build housing and declared his intention to create a “self build revolution”. His aim was to significantly expand the sector and make self build an accessible housing option for more people.
A Government-Industry Working Group was set up and coordinated by Ted Stephens, the chairman of the National Self Build Association (NaSBA), and several sub-groups have focussed their efforts on the major areas presenting barriers to self building, including the following:
* Land and Procurement.
* Finance and Lending.
* Regulation and Red Tape.
* Communication and Information.
The report sets out the vision for self build in the UK and the challenges currently faced. Input from a wide range of individuals and organisations and the lessons learned from self build models around the World have culminated in this report and a set of actions which the Government and Industry can use to move forward and promote the growth of self build housing.
For anyone interested in completing their own build it will be very interesting to keep an eye on developments in this area as hopefully this change gains more momentum.