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Steve Rotheram is the newly elected, first Metro Mayor for Liverpool City, and he has a manifesto for improving the housing situation in the city region. His ideas to deal with what he regards as the poor state of housing in the area include:

  1. A “high-level housing summit” to be convened within his first…

Michael Holmes, Chair of NACSBA, has written a piece for www.cabinetmaker.co.uk calling for the Government’s Help to Buy scheme to be extended to include people wanting to self-build.  We quote below from the article.

“In response to the Committee’s question on funding, the sector would like to see the extension of the Help to Buy…

West Berkshire Council Gains Approval for 525 New Homes, Including Some Self-Build

West Berkshire Council’s Housing Site Allocations Development Plan Document (HSA DPD) has been given the go ahead by David Hogger, the inspector appointed by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.

Amongst the developments that will now be able to go ahead is an area of one hectare at Purley Rise for 35 homes,…

Local authorities will now be required to produce and maintain brownfield land registers, which will be available to the public, to help house builders identify suitable brownfield sites for development. They will allow local communities to highlight local derelict or underused building sites that are primed for development.

Housing and planning minister Gavin Barwell said…

Building Society Hosts ‘Spring Sale’

Saffron Building Society has announced a ‘Spring Sale’ on its self build mortgages.

MortgageStrategy.co.uk quotes Saffron head of mortgage sales Anita Arch as saying: “Spring is traditionally the time when self-build projects get underway and we therefore thought a mortgage sale would be a welcome offer. Our sale means that self-builders can borrow at variable rates starting…

Nottingham Building Society Launches Self Build Mortgages

Nottingham Building Society has launched two self-build mortgages through new build advice website BuildStore.

The first is a 4.39 per cent two-year discounted product, and the second is a 5.19 per cent two-year fixed rate product.

 

Full details here

Thornbury, Gloucestershire Development Unexpectedly Blocked

A week ago, we reported that a development at Cleve Park in Thornbury, South Gloucestershire, which included 14 self-build plots, was likely to be given the go-ahead on the advice of the planning authorities.  Instead, at a 3 hour long council meeting on 10th March, a motion was proposed to reject the proposals, and passed…

Development at Grafty Green, near Ulcombe in Kent, provides 14 fully serviced self-build plots

Demolition of the former Grafty Green Garden centre buildings is underway, with the Boughton Malherbe Parish council fully backing the development.

Robert Turner, chairman, Boughton Malherbe Parish Council,  which includes Grafty Green, said:

“We believe this development will be of great benefit to the village, not only in terms of providing new and well-designed homes, but…

Probable Go Ahead for 14 Self-Build Plots in Thornbury, Gloucestershire

Plans to build up to 350 homes, an elderly care facility and commercial space on a site north of Bristol are set to get the green light from councillors this week (9 March 2017).

Welbeck Strategic Land, via Dominic Lawson Bespoke Planning, submitted an application in 2016 to develop a 54-acre site on the eastern…

Glasgow Self-Builders Get More Plot Choice

Glasgow City Council are starting Phase 2 of the Maryhill development that has already provided 6 new self-build plots in the city. Now they are looking to release a further 17 plots for sale.

More details about this can be found in this article

More and More Developers Include Self-build Plots in Development Sites

In line with the Government’s Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Regulations 2016, which came into force on 31st October 2016, an increasing number of land developers are including self-build plots for sale as part of a development package.

Just in the last week, we’ve spotted self-build plots mentioned in articles on developments in Somerset,…

Teignbridge Council Lead the Way Again for Self-Builders

It really looks like the place to be, if you want to self build, is Teignbridge in Devon.

Teignbridge is a Right To Build Vanguard Council, and is now sharing its expert knowledge and experience in this area with other South West councils. The council recently hosted a custom and self-build workshop on…

New Self-Build Site in East Staffordshire

A self-build site with 25 plots has been created in Lynwood Road, Branston.

East Staffordshire Borough Council is hosting an information event from 3.30pm to 6pm on Tuesday, January 31 at Branston Golf and Country Club, where visitors can find out more about this opportunity to build their own home in Branston Village and…

Scotland Starts Consultation on Planning

Scottish Ministers believe more review decisions should be made by councils rather than by government, and there are proposals are designed to zone more land for housing, promote self-build homes and give communities more of a say in local planning.

Read the full article here

18,000 people sign up to registers to exercise their Right to Build

The National Custom and Self Build Association (NaCSBA) used Freedom of Information requests to England’s 336 councils to establish that 14,300 people signed up to the registers between 1 April and 31 October 2016, in addition to the 3,700 people who had already signed up to the registers for 12 vanguard councils, which have been…

Basingstoke Councillor says 40% affordable housing needed in national pilot

A project at The Spinney, in Aldermaston Road, next to the site of the former Park Prewett Hospital, would comprised of 122 custom-built homes, including self-builds.  44 plots have been allocated for affordable housing in the development, although Rooksdown Ward councillor Simon Bound believes this 36 per cent figure should be increased to 40 per…

Farmer Review praises timber frame construction as a means to help solve housing crisis

Commissioned by the Department for Communities and Local Government and Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the Farmer Review of the Construction Labour Model, which calls on the sector to ‘modernise or die’, has made 10 recommendations, one of which encourages large scale use of off-site construction – which is both less labour…

Petersfield in Hampshire joins the ranks of good places to self-build

The Petersfield Society and Petersfield Community Land Trust steering group are holding an open meeting on Monday, November 28, at 7.30pm in the United Reform Church in College Street, to discuss a proposal that will hopefully offer Petersfield residents the chance to self-build their own homes.

The Petersfield Plan has allocated two plots of land,…

New Sources of Supply inquiry says Government must support self build potential

A recent hearing in Parliament called for government to support self, custom build and community builders as a way of unlocking the sector’s massive potential to supply tens of thousands of homes a year. We notice Teignbridge council were involved with this, they really do seem to be a forward thinking bunch who are…

Stoke on Trent City Council To Offer More Self Build Plots

In recent weeks, we have seen more local councils putting forward proposals for developments that will increase the availability of plots for those who want to self build.

Stoke on Trent City Council have joined in with a plan to build on the success of their Penkhull Farm development by releasing more council land for…

Good news for Devon self builders

TEIGNBRIDGE Council’s executive committee yesterday unanimously agreed to set up a housing company on a joint venture basis to commit and invest £20million over the next four years to help build 200 homes to increase the availability of affordable and sub market housing across the district.

The hope is that the first homes will be…

Flexible pensions and homebuying needed for a mobile generation – Financial Times

“Britain has a 20th century personal finance market, but an increasingly 21st century jobs market. This tension lies at the heart of the challenge its policymakers face.

The biggest financial decisions most people will ever make — pension saving and home ownership — are still dominated by forms of finance that emerged in the postwar…

New Research Paper Says Self-build Could Play a Bigger Role

Specialist Planning Consultancy Three Dragons has published a research paper reviewing the progress made by the 11 local authorities appointed as ‘vanguards’ in 2014 by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).  The report concludes that self-build and custom home building could play a bigger role in fulfilling local housing need, if planning authorities…

Looking for Land?

We’ve lost track of how many times we’ve been asked how you go about finding plots for sale and if you are considering your own new build you are probably mouthing the same question.  Well we do our best to help with useful information so here are some pointers. As well as the more…

Right to Build is Almost a Reality

Jason Orme of Homebuilding & Renovating reports that local authorities will soon be required to provide plots for self builders who demand them under a Private Member’s Bill that is progressing into law.

The Self Build and Custom Housebuilding Bill passed its second reading in the House of Commons in late October and is now…

Good news for self-builders!

At last there is some great news to boost the self-build sector. On the 23rd of March the following news was released.

Measures to save ‘thousands of pounds’ in building costs revealed

New measures to save householders thousands of pounds from the cost of building their own home have been…

10/12/13 New Custom Build Schemes around the Nation

Seven new custom build schemes are highlighted on the Self-Build Portal which it is claimed could deliver a further 250+ new plots for self-builders. See http://www.selfbuildportal.org.uk/latest-news/257-seven-schemes-250?utm_source=GraphicMail&utm_medium=email&utm_term=NewsletterLink&utm_campaign=NaSBA+News+Alert+20131210&utm_content= for more details.

The good news is that momentum really seems to be growing and more and more councils are getting on board to make land available for self builders….

20/11/2013 More land available to custom builders

On the 13th of this month, at a Custom Build Summit in London the government announced the release of four sites for self-builder projects, with a total of seventy plots available. Although that doesn’t sound a lot compared with the twenty to thirty thousand self builders the government is trying to encourage annually, to…

12/11/13 Is there a shortage of land for housebuilding?

Colin Wiles from Inside Housing has posted several interesting blogs about land use and his latest concerns golf clubs. By his best estimate, based on the number of golf clubs, pitch and putt courses and driving ranges, golf takes up around 2% of all developed land in England. Put another way, that’s about twice…

Housing for the Information Age

A new report from the housing forum was published yesterday, calling for greater information on house size and efficiency to be made available to buyers. This is good news: we have been saying for years that identifying houses as “three bedroom” is very uninformative when a three bedroom house could be seventy five or…

Strong growth in mortgage lending – good news or bad?

The latest press release from the Council of Mortgage Lenders shows robust growth in the number and total value of mortgage lending from June to July this year. This is a continuation of growth in lending which is now up by 29% since July 2012 and largely driven by the increase in first time…

Government should be helping self builders – positive recommendations

The following report summary posted on the Self Build Portal is encouraging. The report recommendations are all for improving the landscape for self builders and it shows that even the banks see a brighter future in the sector with the right long term support. It also appears that Lloyd is leading the pack as…

National Self Build Week

In a sign that the industry is really getting the bit between its teeth, the National Self Build Association is launching National Self Build Week at the Grand Designs Exhibition, London. Big hitter Kevin McCloud and Housing Minister the Right Hon. Mark Prisk will be there to launch a debate on the first day.

If…

Self builders to be exempted from CIL?

Following a great deal of informed discussion, it looks as though the government has come to realise that CIL, the Community Infrastructure Levy, could have spelled the death knell of custom build at the very time when government policy is to encourage it.  Accordingly Mark Prisk, the Housing Minister has announced an intention to…

Ideal Home Show 2013

If you are planning to visit the Ideal Home Show in Earl’s Court London this Spring, you’ll find that one of our lovely designs – the Solvik – has been selected to be a show house. The Show is on from Friday 15th March to Monday 1st April. The house will be constructed for…

Reaction to David Cameron’s Proposals

The Prime Minister’s statements on cutting red tape in the planning process have sparked a great deal of debate and in some cases, vehement opposition. It remains to be seen whether these proposals get enacted unchanged or whether the government backpedals again under pressure from interest groups and the wider public. Will any of…

Self Build Plots Available 24th November!

Building your custom home is set to get easier with the availability of self build plots soon to increase. Scandinavian Homes has entered into a new partnership with Urban Self Build, who do the hard work for you  by obtaining planning permission and selling serviced plots at reasonable prices. Better news still is that…

Exciting new Holiday Homes

 

Scandinavian Homes has recently signed a deal to provide two luxury holiday homes on the north coast of Cornwall. These beautiful four bedroom luxury homes are now available for sale and will be built to the buyers’ internal specifications in time for the new…

Could your next Home be Swedish?

More than half of people surveyed in 2011 by the Building Societies Association said they would like to build their own home. If you are among them and have been put off by the thought of having to design it yourself or you are simply not sure where to start, the time is right…

29/08/2012 An interesting tale

A contact of our related a tale of banks to us which we thought would be of use to our readers. Back in 2007 just prior to the financial crisis, a loan was agreed for a house purchase with a  high street bank. Unfortunately as the crisis took hold, the bank changed its mind…

25/07/2012 Launch of the £30m enabling fund

The Homes and Communities Agency held a seminar last week outlining the government’s strategy for identifying surplus land which can be made available for new housing together with a presentation about the new enabling fund and its aims. A wide range of government departments and agencies – 21 in all – have land which…

Self Build Portal Launched

The National Self Build Association (NaSBA) has been working with the government since 2007 to create a one-stop source of information for self builders. It’s called The Self Build Portal and was launched in a blaze of publicity on April 19th 2012, attended by well known television architects and property programme presenters. You can…

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