The landmark Housing and Planning Act has received royal assent, heralding changes that seek to ease the way to home ownership and double the number of custom and self-build homes by 2020.
Despite the ‘ping-pong’ between the House of Commons and the House of Lords last week, the government’s primary initiatives within the bill are thought to have come through largely unchanged.
Housing and Planning Minister Brandon Lewis said: “Our landmark Housing and Planning Act will help anyone who aspires to own their own home achieve their dream.”
The new Act includes legislation that should make it easier for self-builders to find plots and gain planning permission. It intends to:
Key for those who wish to build their own homes is the fact that local authorities will now have a duty to grant permission on enough serviced plots of land to meet the demand for self-building and custom building in their area (creating what’s being billed as the Right to Build).
This demand is measured via Custom & Self-Build Demand Registers, which all councils are required to keep as of 1 April 2016, under legislation brought forward in 2015’s Self-Build & Custom Homebuilding Act.
Landmark Housing and Planning Bill receives Royal Assent – News stories – GOV.UK http://t.co/OmOaDlJrUi
— Brandon Lewis (@BrandonLewis) 13 May 2016
The government’s target of doubling the number of custom and self-build homes by 2020 is a tough one – but the legislation has a chance of derisking the process both for would-be self-builders and lenders.
We may well see further planning reforms revealed in this week’s Queen Speech, which outlines the legislative itinerary for the year to come. Regardless, it’s great that self-build is being given room to grow.
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