First councils named in 'Right To Build' initiative

1 October 2014

house The first raft of councils who are offering to help for people who want to build their own home have been announced.

The 11 authorities will share £550,000 (which in the grand scheme of things, isn't an awful lot) of funding to invest in projects that include creating 1,000 self-build plots and 2,000 custom-build homes.

Tory Housing Minister Brandon Lewis said in a Tory oaf stylee that it would "get Britain building".

The scheme was first announced in the 2014 Budget.

Mr Lewis said: "We're determined to help anyone who aspires to own their own home - whether that's buying on the open market through schemes like our Help to Buy, or to build."

"This is one of a range of measures we're taking to help aspiring homeowners, but also to get Britain building - and thanks to our efforts, housebuilding levels are at their highest since 2007 and rising."

The 11 local authorities are: Cherwell, South Cambridgeshire, Teignbridge, Shropshire, Oldham, West Lindsey, Pendle, Sheffield, South Norfolk, Stoke-on-Trent and the Exmoor and Dartmoor National Park Authorities.

The money should fund plots of land for sale at market value to prospective builders.

A government spokesman said: "This first wave of areas will form part of a consultation on Right to Build. It will be decided whether the changes should be extended across the country later this year."

We imagine that it should go well then.

3 comments

  • Mr M.
    So just over £183 per plot or custom build. Just how is that going to help anyone considering the average land with planning permission goes for anywhere upwards of £40,000.
  • Jessie J.
    What a load of old bollocks. Another waste of time and money.
  • Billybobjimbob
    Exmoor and Dartmoor national parks definitely need filling up with gimcrack houses.

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