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Government announces register for self-builders

Words: Laura Edgar
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Self-builders will be supported by a new register, housing minister Brandon Lewis announced today (4 February).

From 1 April, councils will have to keep a register of aspiring self and custom house builders when planning for future housing and land use.

Lewis said new measure and guidance have been put in place to set out the procedure local authorities will have to take when people wish to register their interest for a plot of land.

Lewis said: “Many other countries have a track record of delivering large numbers of local homes through self-build and we’re determined to ensure self and custom housebuilding grows significantly.

“The new registers are a fantastic example of our commitment to double the number of custom and self build homes by 2020 – so anyone who wishes to design their dream house can do so.”

The measures are in addition to those in the Housing and Planning Bill, which will require local authorities to make sure they have enough 'shovel ready' plots to match local demand.