Work begins on serviced self-build plots

Work has started to turn an unused patch of land in Ernesettle into a self-builders’ blank canvas.

The former site of garages at the end of Maidstone Place is being transformed into four serviced plots to make it easier, quicker and cheaper for a self-builder to put a spade in the ground.

Plymouth City Council have contracted Eliot Design & Build, a local Small and medium-sized enterprise (SME), to improve access to the site and provide water, gas, electricity and broadband up to the boundary of the plots.

When work is complete, the plots will be sold, each complete with outline planning consent for a house, and the receipts recycled to provide more plots elsewhere in the city.

Councillor Mark Lowry, Cabinet member for Finance with oversight of strategic housing, said: “As the council’s self-build member champion, I’m very pleased to be able see work get underway at Maidstone Place.

“Although we must, as part of the Housing and Planning Act, provide sufficient planning consents for serviced plots to satisfy the demand evidenced by the Right to Build Register, in Plymouth we have decided to go one step further and provide some serviced plots directly in order to guarantee delivery.

“As a council, we want to encourage as much self-build housing as possible to enable local business to benefit local people and so to be able to make this plot shovel ready is very exciting.”

Whilst work goes on at Maidstone Place, the Council will continue to work on identifying more sites suitable for local SME builders to develop both as housing and serviced plots to supply to those wishing to commission or build a home to suit their needs.

More information on self-building in Plymouth and how to apply to join the Right to Build register can be found here.