Futures Forum: Self-build
the 'self-build revolution' promised by the government last year
Kevin McCloud to support the self-build surge - Announcements - GOV.UK
seems to be hotting up.
Later on this month, Kevin McCloud will attempt his own 'self-build':
FIRST BROADCAST: 8pm Sun
Kevin McCloud's Man Made Home - 4oD - Channel 4
In fact, Channel Four offers a lot of useful advice to the budding self-builder:
Self Build Advice: Find A Plot Of Land, Build A House & More - Channel4 - 4Homes
including how to get finance:
Self Build Mortgages: A Guide - Channel4 - 4Homes
And BBC Two will be promising the impossible:
A young pizza van owner from Leeds has an ambitious plan to build a four-bedroom house.
BBC Two - The House That £100k Built - Episode guide
Cherwell District Council in north Oxfordshire is planning the largest self-build project in the UK:
Cherwell District Council - Build! project
Bicester Advertiser: Civic bid for DIY building
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Self-build homes scheme 'fabulous' (From Bicester Advertiser)
Meanwhile, East Devon District Council is proposing thousands of new homes be built under its draft Local Plan, still out to consultation.
East Devon District Council - Planning Policy (inc LDF & Local Plan)
East Devon District Council - Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment
How many of these proposed homes could be self-build?
The concluding comments from District Council housing officers in an earlier blog entry is from December last year:
The demand for self build homes appears to exist but remains a difficult method of housing to advance. This is due to a number of factors , funding (many mortgage company’s appear to be reluctant to lend on favourable terms.) The lack of appetite from our Housing Association partners compounded by the lack of suitable land has made this type of housing difficult to develop. This type of housing ownership isn’t where the greatest need lies, this has been identified as rented. So as a consequence most housing providers focus on this need. Perhaps self build may be more popular in East Devon once the economy improves and lenders are less risk adverse.
Futures Forum: East Devon and affordable housing: November 2012
And perhaps things have moved on since then...
Recognising the demands in the National Planning Policy Framework for sustainable development, as well as the 'self-build revolution' from central government, the District Council's Local Plan comments:
The Local Plan includes a range of policies that seek to widen the choice of housing. However these do not explicitly include self build/self-commissioned new homes (this is an
initiative currently being promoted by Government).
It is proposed that a new policy/commentary is addressed to the plan that promotes self-build schemes. .
In South Devon, Teignbridge District Council is proving very pro-active:
Teignbridge self-build 'demo home' gets an additional £20,000 loan
TEIGNBRIDGE council is backing a new scheme to help residents build their own affordable home.
It is supporting proposals by the Land Society to build a demonstration home which will showcase eco-build properties and training packages as part of an initiative to help families and communities get on the housing ladder.
Teignbridge is putting a £20,000 loan towards the costs of creating the demo home which will be built at South Devon College.
The eco-house will act as a beacon for self-build, helping people learn more about how they can be in charge of their own developments.