Homehaus | 18th November 2013 | By: Homehaus

New Sites Made Available for Self Builds

New Sites Made Available for Self Builds

The Homes and Communities Agency has recently announced four new sites that are to be made available for self builds.

Publicised by the Housing Minister Kris Hopkins MP at last week’s Custom Build Summit in London, the new sites will be in addition to 130 plots which are already in the process of being made available on eight other HCA sites.

Based on formerly used public sector land, the new sites are located at Oxley Park in Milton Keynes, Pound Lane South in Basildon, the Urban Pioneers scheme in Middlesborough and Lightmoor Village, Telford

Mr Hopkins said: "We are determined to help aspiring self-builders up and down the country who want to build the home of their dreams but can't find a plot to get started".

"We are seeing a new kind of house building model emerging in this country and I am pleased to see how positively the development industry and many councils are responding. With the self-build industry contributing some £4 billion annually to the UK economy, I want to encourage more builders to make the most of this business opportunity and offer custom build options on their sites".

This growth will provide opportunities to a large number of small builders – the vast majority of 'self-builders' already rely on a local building contractor to build their new homes. There is also an opportunity for some house builders to set themselves up as custom build developers, taking existing tracts of land and carving these up into individual serviced building plots."

The Summit, which was jointly organised with the National Self Build Association and the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), was also attended by Grand Designs' presenter and self-build enthusiast Kevin McCloud, who spoke about the huge levels of demand there were from people who want a get a home built for themselves.

For further information see the original article on the self build portal here.