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Serviced Plots Legislation

Probably the highest hurdle any self-builder has to jump over is a finding a plot of land to build on.  Here at Scandinavian Homes, we’re often asked if we can help with plot finding, and we do our best, however, legislation that came into force on October 31st (without the slightest spooky occurrence) is…

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…

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…

Learning from other people’s experiences – our top 5 self-build blogs

One of the things I am learning about self building a house is that it is in itself a learning process. Even people who’ve done it before, or professionals who’ve worked on self builds for years, can run into new challenges. This is why it’s easier and less stressful to go for a package…

Local authorities will be able to give priority to people with a local connection on the custom build register

Housing and regeneration expert Clare Mirfin of law firm Pinsent Masons, said that changes to changes to the 2015 Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding Act (2015 Act), which come into force on 31st October 2016, would effectively enable local authorities apply a ‘local eligibility’ test. You can read the full article here http://www.out-law.com/en/articles/2016/october/regulations-will-prioritise-those-with-local-connection-on-custom-build-register-says-expert/

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…

The View Through the Triple-Glazed Window

A year ago, I thought a self-build was where you had to order all your materials and roll your sleeves up for the next year or more. Then I met the team from Scandinavian Homes, and a whole new world opened up. I’ve worked for construction-related businesses for large chunks of the last 20…

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