Good news for self builders
Local authorities now have a statutory duty to meet local demand for self build and custom build. Groups should register for land in their area.
This is important news for cohousing and community-led housing groups who are planning self-build or custom-build projects, and anyone else interested in building their own home.
The Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015 introduced a requirement for local authorities to keep registers of individuals and associations of individuals who are looking for serviced plots of land in their area to build homes on.
The latest regulations made under this Act mean that, since 31 October 2016, local authorities must now grant enough development permissions for serviced plots of land to meet local demand. Evidence of local demand is provided by the self-build registers.
Register with your local Authority
Make sure your local authority knows that you are interested in self-build by being added to the relevant registers in your area. Do this via your local authority website, or visit www.localselfbuildregister.co.uk/.
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