The National Custom and Self Build Association (NaCSBA) in the UK welcomed the focus of the UK government's Autumn Budget on housebuilding, and the Government’s determination to fix the broken housing market. However, it believes that local authorities need to do more to fully embrace the opportunities created by the Government to build the quantity and quality of homes that are required, which custom and self-build can help deliver.
NaCSBA also ask the UK Government to continue to work with the sector to identify further opportunities to enable more people build their own homes.
NaCSBA supports the view that Government needs to push on all fronts. NaCSBA believes that it is only when those buying new homes are given more choice will we see a step change in building the homes people actually want to live in, and so are happy to see built locally.
The Right to Build offers a unique way of capturing local support for development as it offers reassurances that quality homes are being created in the right areas, to reflect people’s lives and needs.
However, the key to this engagement is through creating an awareness of the Right to Build and what it can deliver locally, not least through the promotion of local authorities’ Right to Build registers.
To support the implementation of the Right to Build and increase the availability of decent affordable homes for people in housing need NaCSBA has set up a national Right to Build Task Force. This is working to help local authorities, community groups and other organisations across the UK deliver large, affordable custom and self-build housing projects.
NaCSBA welcomes action to support SME builders and the bringing forward of more small sites. It is excited by the role that custom and self build can play in kickstarting new garden towns. It also welcomes action to create a central register of residential permissions and requests that the register specifically identifies permissions for serviced building plots.
Michael Holmes, Chair of NaCSBA said: “Consumer choice is at the heart of every market except for those looking to buy a new home. The custom and self-build sector offers choice, quality and value. Vitally, it enables more and better homes to be built and helps grow both demand and support for new housing.
“The custom and self-build sector is already producing a substantial number of new homes and the Right to Build in England is a key building block. However, on average, custom and self-build housing delivers 39% of new homes in developed economies, and the UK is the exception at 7% currently.
“Consequently, we encourage all those interested in custom or self-building their own home to register with the local authority in the area where they wish to have a plot made available to them. This is vital to make the legislation work for them, the people who it was designed to support.
“NaCSBA would like to see the custom and self-build option available to all those accessing the housing market. This includes those with smaller deposits and / or looking at affordable housing options. But there is more that could, and should, be done, and we will continue to work with national and local government, land and finance providers and other stakeholders to help many more people into a home that they love.”
Members of the public can visit NaCSBA’s www.righttobuildportal.org for free to find a direct link to their local authorities’ Right To Build register, where they can sign up to declare their interest in designing, commissioning or building their own home.