You Have the Right to Build

11 April 2019 Duncan Hayes, NaCSBA

Did you know, the Right to Build is the starting point for your dream build?

Right to Build
Since 2016, the Right to Build has been in effect — a policy that could make a lot of difference in building your own home.

Designed to help alleviate the housing crisis by enabling more people to build their own homes, this legislation requires all English councils to host a Right to Build Register, which anyone has the right to sign up to.

Why Do I Need to Register?

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As part of the Housing and Planning Act 2016, the legislation requires local authorities to consider the evidence of demand created by those on the register and to help to find land for building. Councils then have a duty to grant planning permission for sufficient serviced plots to meet this demand.

Because the registers work over a three year base period (which ends on the 31 October each year), councils have three years from the date people sign up to the register, to grant this permission.

So for example, as the legislation started in April 2016 and the first three year period began in October that year, the first complete period will end in October 2019.  At this point, The National Custom and Self Build Association (NaCSBA) will review which councils are fulfilling this duty.
 

Spreading the Word

Currently, few councils actively promote their registers and consequently, many people are unaware of their Right to Build. However, NaCSBA revealed that, as of October 2017, there were a whopping 33,000 people signed up to the Right to Build.

NaCSBA is continually pushing for more people to sign up to their local registers, as they illustrate the number of people interested in having a hand in creating their own home. More people signing up will ultimately lead to more plots coming to market.

The first step for anyone thinking of building is to sign up to their local registers via NaCSBA’s Right to Build Portal — which removes the hassle of having to search for them.

The Growth of Custom Build

In the future, we can expect to see more sites coming onto the market for custom building. This means custom builders will find themselves living in a ready built community, close to like-minded people — thanks to the fact that they’ve all been through a similar build journey.

Right to Build Essentials

 
  • You can sign up to more than one register.
  • You can sign up as an individual or as part of a group.
  • Councils can charge you to sign up (costs vary).
  • Councils can also insist that you have a local connection, through your family or work, to the area as a condition of signing.
  • Some registers may include a financial viability check, to ensure that you can afford to build.
  • While councils have to host a register, they can outsource it to another company.
  • It’s only available in England (the other countries in the UK don’t have an equivalent).

Don’t delay – start your own dream of building:

• Sign up to your local Right to Build Register
• Register for Potton Custom Build Plot Alerts
• Get help and information about building your own home at NaCSBA’s Self Build Portal

Work with Potton...

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Potton make the whole process simple. We can secure planning permission and help you build your home, as well as design bespoke homes to suit your lifestyle, budget and plot.

If you’re interested in building a Potton home, we can offer you a free planning appraisal to determine the suitability of your plot. Complete our online request form here.

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