Self-build is an important element of the government’s housing strategy, and supports action to help new house building firms and get empty and redundant buildings back into productive use. The measures announced on 17th September 2013 will complement steps the government has already taken to dismantle barriers that hold back self-build projects: limited land availability and reluctance by lenders to provide finance and red tape.
Communities Minister Don Foster announced a series of measures to ensure the self-build market is opened up to those on lower incomes. These include:
- Providing new grant funding for community self-builders
- Working with councils to increase land for self-build plots
- Removing unfair taxes from self-builders
- Freeing up more redundant public sector land for self-builders
- Ending misconceptions about self-build
Mr Foster said the measures would help end the misconception that self-build is the pastime of a privileged elite, rather than a mainstream option. In 2012 to 2013 almost 11,000 new homes were self-built, in an industry worth up to £4 billion for the UK economy. He explained ministers were determined anyone with aspirations to build their own home has opportunity to do so. He said the self-build industry can double in size over the next 10 years.
For further information here is a link to the press release: