The Self-build and Custom House Building Act 2015 is pushing local authorities to measure demand for self and custom build. From January 2016 all local authorities in England will need to measure demand. The core aim of measuring demand is to provide local authorities with the information they need to pursue solutions for individuals and communities who wish to build their own home.
Whilst the Act places accountability and responsibility in the hands of the local authority, it is obvious that demand will come from the grass roots – individuals and groups of people expressing what they want to happen. This creates a fantastic opportunity for those in housing need to drive change in the right direction.
In 2015 the government award eleven local authorities ‘vanguard’ funding to set the standard in measuring demand and offering responses.
The vanguard local authorities are:
Cherwell District Council, who are committed to 2000 self homes in the next ten years with a site already being developed.
South Cambridgeshire District Council who aim to bring 100 plots of land forward to self-builders by the end 0f 2015.
Teignbridge District Council have brought into effect a groundbreaking policy of 5% of all new developments will include self-build and custom build options.
Shropshire Council are working to bring social housing as part of strategy of social housing.
Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council started selling land in 2014 to offer to aspiring self-builders.
West Lindsey District Council are seeking ways to release publicly owned land to self-builders.
Exmoor and Dartmoor National Park Authorities are exploring a method that supports self-builders work cohesively with the natural environment.
Pendle Borough Council are researching options for self build homes being a solution to affordable homes in the Borough.
Sheffield City Council have ambitious plans of delivering 800 sites for self-build with sites already marked for development in 2015.
South Norfolk District Council are working with a housing association to deliver 40-60 custom build plots.
Stoke-On-Trent are bringing forward 72 hectares of land for custom build.
These are examples of new solutions for all aspiring self-builders to take heart and be motivated to create their own housing. Registering your needs will help create further change in all local authorities as the Act takes full effect in 2015-16.