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01.11.19

Right to Build Day sees launch of Self Build Education House

Yesterday (Oct 31st) at Graven Hill, at the launch of the Build It’s Self Education House, the National Custom and Self Build Association announced that the 30th of October, Right to Build Day, will be the yearly deadline for anyone wishing to build their own home via Self or Custom Build.

Right to Build Day will now mark the first date when councils must show that they have matched numbers on Right to Build registers with adequate development permissions granted. Councils must therefore demonstrate that they have granted sufficient development permissions for the 18,000 people signed up to the local Custom and Self Build registers in the first partial year between 1st April – 30th October 2016.

NaCSBA will track this activity with its annual Freedom of Information request to all English authorities, research that will create a precise snapshot of activity around the availability of plots. This will demonstrate that local authorities are championing the rights of their residents to Self-Build and which are failing in their duty, information it will sharing with Government as it campaigns to create increased housing diversity in the UK.

Officially opened by Richard Bacon, MP and Right to Build Task Force Ambassador, Build Its Self-Build Education House is a permanent Self Build resource created by Build It magazine at Graven Hill. The UK’s largest Custom and Self Build site, which will eventually have 1,900 unique homes. The Self Build Education House has been created in partnership with Graven Hill to provide a unique insight into the procedure of creating your own home and how a home can be built for a realistic budget on a modest plot.

Andrew Baddeley-Chappell, CEO, National Custom and Self Build Association said: “Right to Build Day is a pivotal date for the sector, as it has had to wait a long time to see how effective the legislation has been. Our research, together with the work of the Right to Build Task Force, has helped us identify good, bad and some downright ugly performance from local authorities, and we will hold the government to its commitment to consider taking further action, including possible changes to legislation if they do not believe sufficient action is being taken.”

 Image: Richard Bacon, MP and Right to Build Task Force Ambassador & Build It Editor Chris Bates. Credit NaCSBA 

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