District ahead of the self-build national picture

By editorial@middevonadvertiser.co.uk in Community News

PLANNING and housing officers from across the south west learnt about successful self-build policy and projects from Teignbridge Council.

Teignbridge hosted a custom and self-build workshop at Forde House, on behalf of the Department for Communities and Local Government.

The council was asked to host the event because it’s become nationally recognised as a leading authority on custom, projects where homebuilders work with specialist developers, and self-build, homes.

It’s recently won the ‘build-it’ award for best council for self and custom builders and been shortlisted by the Local Government Chronicle awards for innovation regarding its pioneering ‘Teignbridge Rule’ policy. The policy requires developers to make plots of land available for custom and self-build homes.

Council leader Cllr Jeremy Christophers said: ‘We want to help other councils learn from our experiences of self-build, to explore the ongoing challenge of meeting demand from the self-build registers to give local people the opportunity to build their own home.

‘As well as winning a “built-it” award and being shortlisted for an upcoming award, we have also shared our learning far and wide, from the Parliamentary Taskforce in London to the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh, in our bid to help councils unlock land for self-build.’

At the event DCLG gave a presentation on custom and self-build; Teignbridge Council and Plymouth City Council gave the local perspective; and the National Custom and Self-Build Association and Potton gave the industry and trade perspective.

The new Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015 places a duty on all local authorities in England to keep and promote a register of individuals and associations of individuals looking for land to build a home on, and a duty to permission sufficient plots to meet that demand within three years.

Teignbridge Council is ahead of the national picture, having already created a register of interest for people who want to carry out their own custom or self-build projects.

Michael Holmes, of NaCSBA, said: ‘Teignbridge is setting an excellent example to other local authorities by creating custom and self-build opportunities through a range of different initiatives and policies.

‘These are from the so-called Teignbridge Rule which requires plots for custom and self-build homes to be made available as part of the mix on all large development sites, to small rural exception sites for affordable, sustainable self-build homes for local people otherwise priced out of the housing market.

‘This is all made possible because the political leaders recognise the huge interest the public has in building their own home, improving choice and affordability.’

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