White Paper supports custom-build

The Government’s long-awaited White Paper, Fixing our broken housing market, has pledged support for custom-build housing.

It states that “Fewer homes are custom-built in England than many other countries, but there is evidence of more demand for them including from older people. The main barriers to custom-built homes are access to land and finance. Mortgages for custom- and self-built homes represent a very small proportion of the overall lending market. We have already taken steps to improve access to land. The new Right to Build requires local planning authorities to find land for those seeing a custom-build home in their area, and they must keep a register of those wanting to build their own home.”

The paper also outlines that the Government will:

  • Promote the National Custom and Self Build Association (NaCSBA)’s Right to Build portal
  • Ensure the exemption from the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) for self-build remains in place while longer term reforms to the system of developer contributions are being explored
  • Support custom-build through its Accelerated Construction programme
  • Work with lenders to ensure they have plan in place to increase their lending in line with consumer demand

Commenting on these measures, NaCSBA chair Michael Holmes said:

“NaCSBA is very pleased to see Government policy is ever more supportive of custom- and self-build. The White Paper shows clear on-going commitment to Right to Build and the promise to introduce more legislation should local planning authorities fail to fulfil their duty to assess demand for custom- and self-build and permission sufficient plots to meet that demand.”

While presenting the paper, Communities Secretary Sajid Javid told MPs that over the past three decades the UK has had the lowest rate of housebuilding by population in western Europe and that it’s something he is determined to address. He stated:

“We need to build more of the right houses in the right place, and we need to start tight now.”