Expert task force to assist with self-build planning strategies

A new task force will provide expert help to councils with creating planning strategies to deliver custom and self-build housing.

Self-build: new task force announced
Self-build: new task force announced

The Right to Build Expert Task Force, launched last week by the National Custom and Self Build Association (NaCSBA), is intended to help local authorities, community groups and other organisations deliver large, affordable custom and self-build housing projects.

In a statement, NaCSBA said that the task force "aims to help at least 80 organisations create significantly more affordable homes over the next three years".

The government welcomed the creation of the task force in last week’s Housing White Paper.

According to research published by NaCSBA before Christmas, almost 18,000 people have signed up so far to council registers indicating that they want to exercise a government-backed "right to build" their own homes.

Housing and Planning Act 2016 requirements brought into force in October 2016 require authorities to meet the demand revealed by the registers through rolling programmes of site releases over the next three years.

The help provided by the task force will including helping local authorities improve their marketing of their right to build registers, assistance with developing policies to implement the right to build, as well as advice on site acquisitions and on planning agreements.

The task force is funded by the Nationwide Foundation.

Chair of NaCSBA, Michael Holmes, said: "The task force will deliver valuable support to local authorities, affordable housing providers and community groups delivering effective policies and unlocking real projects.

"We know that English local authorities have a duty to grant planning permissions for 18,000 serviced plots by 31 October 2019. And this is only the tip of the iceberg with people registering on the new English demand registers on a daily basis."

Further details are available here.

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