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Self-build and custom housebuilding statistics show sharp rise

Words: Huw Morris
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The number of individuals and groups seeking to acquire serviced plots of land for self-build and custom housebuilding has soared in the past year, according to latest government statistics.

Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities data for self-build and custom registers, which map progress on the right to build, show 12,263 individuals joined the registers between October 2020 and October 2021. This is an increase of 31 per cent over the same period a year earlier.

A total of 157 new groups signed up to the registers, up 12 per cent on the previous year.

The data also shows 58,813 individuals were on registers in total, an increase of 25 per cent from a year earlier, and 759 groups had signed up the register in total, an increase of 14 per cent from 2019-20. Local authorities granted 8,309 planning permissions for serviced plots suitable for self and custom-build, an increase of 7 per cent.

The National Custom and Self Build Association said regular reporting is helping to drive up registrations.

“While we welcome the progress made, these numbers remain far short of the numbers that reflect underlying demand in England, and the delivery rate in every other developed country,” said chief executive Andrew Baddeley-Chappell. “There are many reasons for this. Awareness of the registers remains low, and barriers to joining in many cases too high.

The statistics follow last year’s Bacon Review, commissioned by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, which estimated that between 30,000 to 40,000 self-build and custom homes could be delivered annually.

The government is expected to respond to the review shortly and is considering revamping the right-to-build legislation as well as introducing a ‘help-to-build’ scheme. This would offer equity loans to people who want to build their own homes.

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