English housing policy since 2011 is set out in the Housing Strategy for England Laying the Foundations. The aims of policy are to work with the industry to make sites available for custom builders, provide project finance, reduce red tape and offer advice for consumers and developers. The immediate aspiration is to unlock growth potential of the custom homes market and double its size over the next decade.
The government is seeking an extension of these reforms and in the 2014 Budget announced that it would consult on a new Right to Build, giving prospective custom builders a right to a plot of land from their local council, and establish a number of ‘vanguards’ to test the practicalities of operating the Right across England.
In June 2014 the government announced a £150 million serviced plot repayable loan fund to provide around 10,000 serviced plots over the next 6 years. The government has also launched the online Self Build Portal to provide information for self builders.
In September 2014 the government announced that 11 local authorities would become Right to Build vanguards. This will involve local planning authorities operating the Right to Build model on a voluntary basis to test how it will work in practice.
The government aims to legislate for the Right – through first the Self Build and Custom Housebuilding Private Members’ Bill and then legislation in the next Parliament – taking into account the outcome of this consultation and the experience from the vanguards.
This consultation seeks views from local planning authorities, the custom build sector and prospective custom builders about the best way of constructing such a Right.
Date: 23/10/2014 Start of consultation
18/12/2014 End of consultation