Landform is pioneering self and custom build homes as there are advantages for landowners, home buyers and local communities.
Landowners benefit because planning consent should be easier as the Government’s new Right to Build policy states that all councils must make land available for such homes. The Government wants the number of self builds, which is currently about 7% of all new housing, to double. Self build plots also widen the sales market and higher land values will result.
Home buyers benefit because they have access to individually designed homes as well as help with the more difficult technical and legal aspects of self build. More than half of the UK’s home buyers say they would love to build their own home but are put off by the difficulties.
The local community benefits because of the improved quality and diversity of housing schemes instead of look-a-like housing developments.
The lack of availability of consented land with infrastructure and services is the single biggest constraint to delivery of self build housing.
Land must be brought forward in plans for self and custom-build housing in a way that allows for broad outline permissions.
Sir Michael Lyons, Housing Commission Report, October 2014