As part of the Right to Build initiative to increase self and custom build homes in the UK, Brandon Lewis, MP for Housing and Planning announced in February that the Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015 was due to commence on April 1, 2016.
How does this help Self-builders?
This means that local authorities in England will have a duty to assess demand for custom and self-build homes in their particular region. They must then work towards ensuring the supply of sufficient building plots to meet that local demand.
From April 2016, all councils in England now have a duty to maintain a public register of individuals, and groups, who wish to build self-build projects. That also includes anyone who wants to have an individually designed house ‘custom built’ for them. Essentially, this is a demand assessment tool that will enable local authorities to establish how many people want an individually designed home.
To help anyone who would like to build their own home to find their local Right to Build register, NaCSBA (National Custom & Self Build Association) has developed a new website righttobuildportal.org.