Self build structural warranty provider welcomes Government’s self-build sector boost

Structural warranty provider Build-Zone today welcomed the Government’s recent policy announcement to cut red tape and boost demand in the UK self-build sector.

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Housing Minister Grant Shapps called on the country’s aspiring self-builders to make a housebuilding revolution their New Year’s resolution.  Self-builders are already Britain’s largest housebuilder, and account for one-fifth of Britain’s new homes each year, but for far too long the aspirations of ordinary people to build their own home have been thwarted by barriers and red tape.  Barriers that stand in people’s way will be torn down – including a complex and bureaucratic planning system, regulatory burdens, and lack of access to land and finance.

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 is already important to growth and housing supply – with self-builders completing as many as 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.

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
  • availability of finance – working with lenders to ensure self-building communities can get the finance they need
  • availability of expert support – how self-builders can support communities looking to build the homes they need, and how those new to self-building can be supported.

Build-Zone are a major provider of 10 year structural warranty, technical audits, and building control services, to the self build marketplace.

Build-Zone Director Simon Middleton 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.  Build-Zone has been providing Structural Warranties to this [Self-build] market sector since 2003 and we already have the products in place to provide essential cover on community projects as well.

Our sister operation Self Build Zone is the market leader in the provision of Self-build insurance and is also in the perfect position to provide communities looking to build homes with specific site cover as well. Insuring the project properly is of fundamental importance when there are many people’s financial interests at stake”.

Self-Build Zone products include:

Site Insurance
Buildings Insurance
Structural Warranty
Building Control Services
Renovation Insurance
Code for Sustainable Homes
SAP Energy Ratings
Air Pressure Testing
Sound Testing

Self Build Zone Director, Simon Middleton will be guest speaking at the Lending Policy Meets Housebuilding Reality Conference where  he will deliver a warranty providers view of Modern Methods of Construction and Eco Building.

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About Self Build-Zone:

Self-Build Zone provides site insurance and structural warranty packages for new builds, renovations, extensions and conversion projects from DIY home improvements and new build, to major renovations incorporating large scale alteration, employment of tradesmen and extension work.

Self-Build Zone Limited is a company registered in England with the company number 04693892.  The registered office for Self-Build Zone Limited is Anton House, South Park, Sevenoaks, Kent TN13 1EB.

Build-Zone and Self-Build Zone are trading styles of Sennocke International Insurance Services Limited.
Self-BuildZone Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sennocke International Insurance Services Limited who is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority.
About Build-Zone:

Build-Zone is the scheme administrator of the Build-Zone range of warranty products and is a trading style of Sennocke International Insurance Services a business that has been trading in excess of 20 years.  Build-Zone has been providing structural warranties since 2003 and is rapidly expanding to become a major force in the provision of structural warranty products across the UK and Ireland. An in-house IT development team utilise technology to improve the efficiency of all areas of the Build-Zone business.  In 2010, Build-Zone was approved by the Department of Communities and Local Government as a Designated Warranty Provider for the purposes of the Warranty Link Rule.

Contact Details: Build-Zone, Anton House, South Park, Sevenoaks, Kent, UK TN13 1EB
Telephone: +44 (0)845 230 9873 E-mail: sales@buildzone.com

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