An industry briefing of the long-awaited proposals that aim to boost the number of self-builds that take place in the UK took place on Tuesday 12th July. The resulting report, An Action Plan to Promote the Growth of Self-build Housing will be formally launched next week and is the result of six months work from the Self Build Government Industry Working Group, involving Build Zone Director, Simon Middleton.
Working with the Government, the National Self Build Association (NaSBA), published an action plan to promote the growth of self build in the UK. This was the culmination of more than six months work, involving over 100 experts in the self build sector. The report calls for action on four fronts and lists proposals that should to make more land available for self builders and more finance/mortgages; it should also result in less regulation and red tape and better independent advice to encourage more people to build their own homes.
Grant Shapps said at the briefing ““This is an enormously important moment in the housing history of this country,”
He went on to say:
“Self-build isn’t happening anywhere near its potential in the UK, and these proposals go a significant way to helping achieve my aspiration of doubling the number of homes self-built each year.”
“I don’t want this to be a one-off process, rather the start of a revolution. The age of self-build has come,” he said.
The proposals in the plan will now be considered by Government and an implementation group will be established to monitor the progress. It is understood that the aim is to see everything in place by spring 2012. We will keep you updated as things progress.