Plymouth is at the forefront of the Self-Build revolution

Plymouth is at the forefront of the self-build housing revolution, with more than 100 custom and self-build homes on city sites in the pipeline, as the Government announces it as a priority.

Brandon Lewis MP, Minister of State for Housing and Planning, has written to all local authorities informing them that the Government is working to tackle barriers to custom and self-build housing, as part of an overall aim to deliver more housing.

A new ‘Right to Build’ has been announced by the Government, but Plymouth City Council is already ahead of the game, with a wide range of custom and self-build housing projects already in the pipeline, totalling 117 units on Council land. This ranges from a scheme for service veterans, to more than 30 homes at both Bickleigh and West Park, eight serviced plots on two sites, and at least 20 self-build units at Kings Tamerton.

In his letter to local councils, Brandon Lewis MP states: “…we recognise that there is still a long way to go if custom and self-build housing is to become a mainstream option in this country. In particular, we all need to do more to address the lack of suitable plots of land being made available, and we believe that local planning authorities have a vital role to play.”

Councillor Mark Lowry, Cabinet Member for Finance for Plymouth City Council, said: “We welcome this announcement, but Plymouth is already leading the way when it comes to enabling more custom and self-build housing. As part of our Plan for Homes, which aims to address the chronic housing shortage by delivering more than 1,000 new homes every year for the next five years, we are committed to a number of initiatives to help make this happen, including self-build opportunities.”

Councillor Chris Penberthy, Cabinet Member for Cooperatives, Housing and Community Safety for Plymouth City Council, said: “It is great that Plymouth is at the forefront of the custom and self-build housing revolution and that the Government is picking up on this administration’s initiative in Plymouth.

“Self and custom build is not a ‘one size fits all’ and it provides something different for people’s individual needs.

“The Council currently has around 72 householders with a registered interest in self-build but we believe this recorded level of interest is just the tip of the iceberg and many more people will express an interest in custom and self-build.”

The Right to Build Bill has successfully passed through the Commons and the third reading will be in the House of Lords today (Wednesday 11 March).

To find out more about the Right to Build click here.