Laura Sharman 30 October 2020

Councils urged to approve more self-build homes

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Councils should grant enough planning permission to meet local demand for self-build, the Government has said today.

Housing secretary, Robert Jenrick, has launched a review to make it easier for people to build their own homes.

It will explore how registers kept by local councils support self and custom building, and if they help increase the amount of land available.

Mr Jenrick also announced that the data councils collect on self and custom build in their area will now be published annually.

Mr Jenrick said: ‘We are backing people who want to design and build their own home and today I have launched a review to ensure councils provide enough land and take proper consideration for these homes both when making planning decisions in their area.’

Richard Bacon, ambassador for the Right to Build Task Force, added: ‘Some local councils are already doing an excellent job in providing more opportunities but some others are not yet supporting the spirit of the legislation and have some way to go if they are to grasp the huge opportunities for more and better housing which greater customer choice offers.

’We need to make sure every council is able to deliver on this important agenda which will help provide more high quality homes.’

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