New legislation came into force on 31st October 2016 to improve the success rate of Self-build planning applications.
It is estimated that a vast amount of people, approx. 12 million, wish to build our own home, however statistics show that only 10,000 manage to achieve this. With Many European countries such as Germany and France relying on the self-build industry to meet housing figures the UK is being left behind. In Germany, that’s more than 100,000 new self-build or custom-build homes every year.
As of 31st October 2016 all councils are responsible for granting planning permission for enough ‘serviced plots’ to meet the demand on their own self-build and custom-build register. The councils have been forced to accommodate a register of demand of local people wishing to complete a self- build/ custom build, which in turn will inform the council of how many self-build sites are required.
The regulations that came into force on 31 October are the culmination of campaigning by MP Richard Bacon’s all party parliamentary group (APPG) on self-build and custom-build, which eventually led to legislation with cross-party support, and forced local authorities to sit up and take notice.
Planning Design look forward to seeing what this piece of new legislation brings.
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