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White Paper gives support to custom-build T


he Government’s long-awaited White Paper, ‘Fixing our broken housing mar- ket’ includes clarification of a range of


measures to increase custom-build housing. The document states: “Fewer homes are


custom-built in England than many other countries, but there is evidence of more demand for them including from older peo- ple. The main barriers to custom-built homes are access to land and finance.” The White Paper said that with mortgages


for custom- and self-built homes representing a “very small proportion of the overall lending market,” the Government had “already taken steps to improve access to land.” It said that one example was Right to Build, which “requires local planning authorities to find land for those seeking a custom-build home in their area, as well as to keep a register of those wanting to build their own home.” The White Paper also outlines further


measures the Government will take: • Promote the National Custom and Self Build Association (NaCSBA)’s Right to Build portal (see story below)


• Ensure the exemption from the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) for self-build remains in place while longer term reforms to the system of developer contributions are being explored


• Support custom-build through its Accelerated Construction programme


• Work with lenders to ensure they have plan in place to increase their lending in line with consumer demand


NaCSBA chair Michael Holmes com- mented: “NaCSBA is pleased to see Government policy is ever more supportive of custom- and self-build. The White Paper shows clear on-going commitment to Right to Build and the promise to introduce more legislation should local planning authorities fail to fulfil their duty to assess demand for custom- and self-build and permission suffi- cient plots to meet that demand.” Launching the White Paper, Communities


Secretary Sajid Javid told MPs that he was determined to address the fact that over the past three decades the UK has had the low- est rate of housebuilding by population in


western Europe. He stated: “We need to build more of the right houses in the right place, and we need to start right now.”


right to build Right to Build Expert Task Force launched


Task Force, with Richard Bacon MP as its ambassador. The Task Force will help local authorities,


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community groups and other organisations deliver large and affordable custom- and self- build housing projects. The Task Force aims to help at least 80


organisations “create significantly more afford- able homes” over the next three years. To ensure other projects benefit, the lessons learnt will be shared though regional events and case studies within the Right to Build Portal. The Task Force is funded by the Nationwide


Foundation which aims to increase the avail- ability of decent affordable homes for people in housing need. It was recognised by the Government in its recent White Paper and is being supported by a number of partners including the Building and Social Housing Foundation, the National Housing Federation, the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and the Royal Town Planning Institute. Richard Bacon MP, Chair of the All Party


Parliamentary Group on Self Build, Custom and Community Housebuilding and Placemaking said: “Although we have these important new powers in England, custom- and self-build housing will only become main-


stream if local authorities and other organisa- tions truly harness these powers.” He believes this is where the new Task


Force can help: “It may be councils needing help setting up, or better marketing of their demand registers, or advice in creating plan- ning strategies. I am confident the Task Force will deliver real change and I am delighted to become its ambassador.” Chair of NaCSBA, Michael Holmes said: “We are grateful


to the Nationwide


Foundation for supporting NaCSBA’s goal to ensure that people currently in housing need, who want to build their own decent and afford-


able home, can exercise their Right to Build.” Explaining more about what the Task Force


will do, Holmes said: “The Task Force will deliver valuable support to local authorities, affordable housing providers and community groups delivering effective policies and unlock- ing real projects. We know that English local authorities have a duty to grant planning per- mission for 18,000 serviced plots by 31 October 2019, and this is only the tip of the iceberg with people registering on the new English demand registers on a daily basis. There is also huge untapped potential in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.”


he National Custom and Self Build Association (NaCSBA) has announced the launch of a new Right to Build Expert


selfbuilder & homemaker www.sbhonline.co.uk


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