National award cements Plymouth’s self-build reputation


Michael Holmes (Chair of National Custom and Self Build Association), Housing Delivery Officer Liz Dunster, Planning Officer Chris King, Councillor Mark Lowry (Self-Build Champion), Councillor Steve Ricketts (Cabinet Member for Transport and Housing Delivery) and comedian Marcus Brigstocke, who hosted the event.

Left to right: Michael Holmes (Chair of National Custom and Self Build Association), Housing Delivery Officer Liz Dunster, Planning Officer Chris King, Councillor Mark Lowry (Self-Build Champion), Councillor Steve Ricketts (Cabinet Member for Transport and Housing Delivery) and comedian Marcus Brigstocke, who hosted the event.

We’ve won a national award for our work in supporting self-build projects.

The Build It! Awards celebrate innovation and excellence in the custom-build, self-build and renovation sector and Plymouth has scooped the ‘best council’ title.

Organisers praised us for our energy and passion in not only delivering local projects but also promoting custom build to fellow councils up and down the country.

Our Housing Delivery team has been at the forefront of a push to help more people have a home to suit their needs and has spoken at events across the country, including the Right to Build Summit at the House of Commons.

As well as physically building your own home, self-build can also mean designing your dream home and appointing someone else to build it for you.

Two individual builds have been completed with our support and another has started on site. Sovereign Housing will be providing four plots at the former Chaucer Primary School, four plots will be made available on the former Whitleigh Youth Centre site and more sites are being identified.

Councilllor Steve Ricketts, Cabinet Member for Transport and Housing Delivery said: “It’s fantastic to get this national recognition for the work we’re doing in promoting the advantages of self, custom and community builds. As well as the social benefits these projects can bring there is also an economic value to Plymouth as they create healthy, energy-efficient houses that people want to live in.”

You can register for a plot for custom or self-build on our website. For more information see the ‘Self Build at Plymouth City Council’ Facebook page or email liz.dunster@plymouth.gov.uk.