On Friday 1 April the Government launched their scheme to help find plots of land for those wanting to build their own home. As many aspiring self builders know, finding a site can be one of the biggest hurdles, and while websites like Plotfinder can help people locate an existing plot, the new Right to Build scheme will hopefully facilitate the availability of even more land. The launch of the Right to Build is a clear indication that the Government believes self build is a viable way to create more housing.
Councils now have to keep a register of people who have expressed an interest in building. These lists will then be used by councils when planning for housing and in the allocation of land.
Local authorities in England are legally obliged to maintain a list of potential self builders, but some are yet to open their registers. You can register for the Right to Build here.
About the Right to Build
The Right to Build forms part of the Self and Custom Build Housing Act 2015. Once the Housing and Planning Bill gets Royal Assent, there will be clarification about how local authorities can be expected to provide plots of land for self and custom build.
Until then, many councils have opened a Right to Build Register where you can register your interest. The National Custom & Self Build Association (NaCSBA) have created a portal to help you find an active register in your area.
Main image: an oak frame self build; Simon Maxwell