Despite the impending challenge of negotiating a Brexit deal, the issue of housing will undoubtedly remain a key issue for the next government.
Even though there have been many calls to boost the number of new homes in the UK to 200,000 per year, actual numbers are still falling well short of this. There remains a severe shortage of housing, not least at the affordable end of the price spectrum.
Last week I wrote about the FMB’s plan, addressing how the next government can grow the number of dwellings built annually. Now the National Custom and Self-Build Association (NaCSBA) is eager to ensure the issue remains at the forefront of national policy with their manifesto of 10 key points that can help enable a significant boost to self and custom build. Central to their proposal is the need to tackle the two biggest obstacles to one-off projects – finding land and getting planning permission.
NaCSBA are also keen to raise the public profile of the Right to Build scheme, which has the potential to force the hand of local authorities throughout England in providing more serviced plots, but only if there is sufficient awareness of it amongst those interested in self-building.