Right to Build bill passes final stage in the House of Commons

A Norfolk MP's private members bill setting out the legislative framework for the government's Right to Build register has passed its final stage in the House of Commons.

South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon’s Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding Bill would place a statutory duty on local authorities to maintain and promote a register of people who wish to obtain a piece of land and build a house.

The bill requires each local council to take account of its register when dealing with planning, regeneration and the disposal of land.

The government consulted on the Right to Build last year. A government response to that consultation said it intended to set out the legislative framework for the Right to Build register in Bacon's bill.

"This Bill will establish the broad framework for the register, with the secretary of state for the Department for Communities and Local Government having the power to make regulations and issue statutory guidance about its operation", it said.

The bill, which has all party support, passed its final stage in the House of Commons when MPs agreed to give the bill a Third Reading, and will now go to the House of Lords in early February.

Lord Richard Best, president of umbrella body the Local Government Association and a crossbench peer, will introduce it.

Bacon, who is chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Self-Build and Independent Housing, said there is now a "serious prospect" of the bill becoming law and is looking forward to working with Lord Best to secure its passage through the House of Lords.

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