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8 May 2011

Government support for self-builders

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by Gill Montia

Government support for self-builders

Housing Minister, Grant Shapps, wants self-build to become a mainstream housing option and has promised to make publicly-owned land available to ordinary people who want to build their own homes.

According to the minister, self-builders (as a group) are already Britain’s largest housebuilder, accounting for about one in five of new homes each year.

However, compared with the rest of Europe, the UK is trailing behind in this area and Mr Shapps blames red tape for putting up too many barriers.

In the weeks ahead, the Government will announce details of publicly-owned sites to be made available to housebuilders, including plots exclusively for self-builders.

The minister comments: “Self builders deliver affordable, greener and more innovatively-designed homes; and make a big contribution to the number of new homes built in this country, yet there is scope to significantly increase the number of self built homes in the UK – both for individual households and for community-driven projects.”

He adds: “I want to turn around the fortunes of self-builders by cutting the red tape and bureaucracy they often face and make self build a reality for many more people.”

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