BACON REVIEW: CUSTOM AND SELF-BUILD HOMES ARE KEY WAY TO HELP DELIVER NEEDED HOMES
The Government have announced that custom and self-build homes are a key way to help deliver the needed 300,000 homes per year.
This week the Government released the findings of an independent review into the scaling up of Self and Custom housebuilding. The review published on Saturday by Richard Bacon MP set out a host of recommendations to boost the supply of self-build homes and tackle the wider housing crisis. The report was commissioned by Prime Minister Boris Johnson in April. The recommendations include:
- The creation of a dedicated custom and self build housing delivery unit within Homes England focused on creating more serviced plots;
- Raising awareness of the Right to Build;
- Supporting community-led housing including the reignition of the Community Housing Fund;
- Promotion of green homes and increased use of modern methods of construction;
- Support for custom and self build through planning reforms which will increase the weight given to custom and self-build development in the planning balance; and
- The ironing out of tax issues.
It is reported that 10,000 UK homes a year are self-build projects. The Bacon Review suggested there is the potential to deliver 30-40,000 more self-build homes every year.
We are working on a number of custom and self-build housing projects for individuals, housebuilders and land promoter clients. Our experience is that there is a lack of understanding within local authorities of the custom and self-build model and the legal duties placed on councils to meet the demands of their self-build registers.
We note that increasingly planning inspectors are placing considerable emphasis on the provision of self and custom build housing when determining planning appeals.
We welcome the findings of the Bacon review to support the growth of all parts of the custom and self-build market.