The Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Bill 2014-15 - Commons Library Standard Note

Richard Bacon Private Members' Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding Bill aims to enact an element of the Right to Build- the establishment by local planning authorities of a register of prospective custom builders who are seeking a suitable serviced plot of land.

In Laying the foundations: a housing strategy for England (2011), the Government set out plans to enable more people to build or commission their own home - there is an aspiration to double the size of the self-build market, creating up to 100,000 additional self-build homes over the next decade. The generally accepted estimate for self-build is that it accounts for between 7-10% of new housing (around 12,000 homes per year) across the UK. Evidence suggests that there may be significant unmet demand for self-build housing in the UK.

Although there are barriers to expansion, various measures have been introduced to ease the path for those wanting to build their own home including (repayable) funding; an exemption from the Community Infrastructure Levy; amendments to planning guidance; and improved access to public sector land.

The Bill builds on existing Government initiatives, particularly the proposed ‘Right to Build’, with the aim of increasing the number of self/custom built properties in England and Wales. The Bill’s provisions, if enacted, would improve the data held on the demand for self/custom build and place a requirement on authorities to have regard to individuals/bodies who have expressed an interest in acquiring land for self-build purposes when carrying out various functions, including housing and planning functions.

Richard Bacon presented the private members' Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Bill on 2 July; the debate on Second Reading was scheduled for 24 October.

The note gives details on the main clauses:

  • Register of persons seeking to acquire land (Clause 1)
  • Duty as regards registers (Clause 2)
  • Guidance (Clause 3)
  • Extent (Clause 6)


Date: 20/10/2014 Date of publication

Author: House of Commons Library

DCP link: This item updates DCP section 8 and 9

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