Homehaus | 13th May 2013 | By: Homehaus

Home Build Group to Guide Public Sector Thinking on New Developments

Home Build Group to Guide Public Sector Thinking on New Developments

The National Self Build Association has published a new guide for councils and housing associations in a bid to encourage support of the self-build sector.

The NaSBA Practice Guide aims to demonstrate to the public sector the advantages of self-build as a way of tackling the shortfall in new homes built in the UK each year. It identifies the cost effectiveness of such projects and the aesthetic and environmental benefits that come from individually designed houses.

It also reveals that building an average self built property creates at least seven construction jobs annually, teaches new skills that can improve future employment prospects and results in a at £50,000 worth of orders for local suppliers

Launched last week during National Self Build Week (4-12 May, 2013), the guide showcases 16 self build models and case studies of projects ranging from community group housing schemes to innovative designs by private sector partners.

Local authorities are required under the National Planning Policy Framework to ascertain demand for self build developments in their area and make provision for them – the guide aims to help local authority decision-makers better understand the route to self-build.

NaSBA Chair Ted Stevens said: "We believe about 50-60 local authorities are already doing something to encourage more self build on their patch, and between them they are progressing projects that should deliver thousands of additional opportunities for would be self-builders. But there are nearly 300 other councils that we have yet to convince. We hope this Guide will reassure them, and help them work out what solution is best for them. If every council was involved it could result in tens of thousands of additional homes being built this way".

Grand Designs presenter, Kevin McCloud, also welcomed the guide, saying: "I'd like to see us become a nation of self builders – like the Germans, the Australians, or the Dutch. What if each household in the UK had the option to buy a modest plot of land and build their own place, with support and encouragement from the public sector? What if there was a new spirit of collaboration between planners, communities and the construction industry? I believe the result would be inspirational.”

Click here for a copy of the NaSBA Practice Guide.