Thanks to the work of the National Custom and Self Build Association of which Potton is a founder member, there is some good news in all of this – Government in England, Scotland and Wales have all realised that relying entirely upon the private sector to supply enough new homes to meet demand and keep house prices affordable, is never going to work.
There is too little competition and too little supply to ever drive down prices, or drive up quality.
The Government’s response to this broken market it to encourage alternatives, and this includes creating more opportunities for people to build their own home both through self build, and through custom build for those who want individual design would prefer to leave the build side to a developer.
The Government in England has led the way on this, with its landmark Right to Build
legislation that requires all local authorities to keep a register of individuals and groups of individuals who want to build their own home, and a legal duty to grant planning permission for sufficient serviced plots to meet that demand.
To find your council’s register, visit www.RightToBuildPortal.org
where you can also find out how many others have signed up. For details of all of the plots available for sale in your area visit plotfinder.net
Providing enough people sign up to the registers, councils will be forced to identify small sites and either create and sell-off plots themselves, or work with developers, landowners, housing associations and others to bring serviced plots to market.