On 31st October 2016, new legislation came into force establishing a Right to Build your own home. This potentially game-changing scheme means that councils have a duty to grant planning permission for sufficient serviced plots to meet demand, measured on so-called Right to Build registers, within a three-year period (and on an ongoing basis).
The idea is that this could not only revolutionise the self build sector, but also provide a much-needed shot in the arm for the perennially under-delivering housebuilding market.
So what does this all mean? Fundamentally, we’re now in a position where we can ask our local authorities to look to make viable plots available to us. This should lead to serviced sites with genuine planning permission coming through to match the level of demand indicated on each council’s register.
If enough of people sign up, it could also boost the general appetite for self and custom build among decision-makers, and encourage them to grant planning consent for more bespoke schemes – not just those that are enabled through the Right to Build.