First councils named in 'Right To Build' initiative

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.


  • 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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