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"Shapps to 'tear down' planning and regs barriers to allow self-builders to flourish"

LINK: http://www.24dash.com/news/housing/2011-01-05-Shapps-to-tear-down-planning-and-regs-barriers-to-allow-self-builders-to-flourish

" Minister vows to help self builders "

LINK: http://www.insidehousing.co.uk/news/development/minister-vows-to-help-self-builders/6513111.article

:D

Now let's see if they really do it, and how.

Edit to add: As usual, the Daily Mail missing the point. This deregulation is not only, or even mainly, for "Grand Designs". Stupid peasant mentality, thinking only "high class people" can have their own homes built for them. These people have never lived abroad, in the Continent, USA, Australia, anywhere but Britain really, where people want "the council" to build homes for them. Jeeez.

" Grand Designs Britain: 'Housebuilding revolution' will encourage us all to build our own homes, say ministers "

LINK: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1344199/Grand-Designs-Britain-Housebuilding-revolution-encourage-build-homes-say-ministers.html#ixzz1A9sYmqZJ

(Edit 2) I've found the official press release:

http://www.communities.gov.uk/news/newsroom/1810518

Grant Shapps: Build your new year's resolution with bricks and mortar

Published 5 January 2011

Housing Minister Grant Shapps today called on the country's aspiring self-builders to make a housebuilding revolution their New Year's resolution.

Self-builders are already Britain's largest housebuilder, and account for one-fifth of Britain's new homes each year, but for far too long the aspirations of ordinary people to build their own home have been thwarted by barriers and red tape.

These obstacles have led to the UK having one of the lowest proportions of new homes built by self-builders in Europe - so Mr Shapps has pledged to end self-building as the preserve of the privileged few, and enable aspiring self-builders to put building their own home at the top of their New Year's resolutions.

Barriers that stand in people's way will be torn down - including a complex and bureaucratic planning system, regulatory burdens, and lack of access to land and finance.

A new Community Right to Build will offer communities the chance to give the green light to new developments without the need for specific planning applications.

This could be local people working alone to build their own homes, or entire communities coming together to build the homes the area needs.

The new right offers people a solution to their housing needs in villages, towns and cities up and down the country. If communities support locally-led proposals they can help to regenerate abandoned urban sites or build homes in countryside communities, ensuring they remain vibrant places to live and not museums.

Grant Shapps said:

"Building your own home should not be the preserve of a privileged few - I want to break down the barriers that many aspiring self-builders often come up against. That's why I've asked experts at the National Self Build Association to work with us to develop an action plan to make it easier for people to build their own homes, whether on their own or as part of a community effort to build a whole new neighbourhood.

"But the action plan will also look at how more people can be helped to make the most of the opportunities to build their own homes. For example, the new Community Right to Build will put power in the hands of local people to give the go-ahead to new developments in their area - and could open the door to a whole new generation of self-builders.

"This will give a real boost to those who have long dreamed of building their own home, but have never been able to do so. I want these people to build their New Year's resolution with bricks and mortar, and make 2011 the year they make their housebuilding dreams a reality."

The self-build sector is already important to growth and housing supply - with self-builders completing as many as 10,000 building projects each year - so making it easier for more people to build their own home will provide a welcome boost to the housing market.

Mr Shapps has today asked the National Self Build Association (NASBA) to work with his officials to develop an action plan to boost the number of self-builders across the country - and address the common barriers aspiring self-builders face, including:

* availability of land - including making public sector land available for house building

* availability of finance - working with lenders to ensure self-building communities can get the finance they need

* availability of expert support - how self-builders can support communities looking to build the homes they need, and how those new to self-building can be supported.

Ted Stevens, Chairman of the National Self Build Association, said:

"We believe there are hundreds of thousands of people in the UK that are keen to build their own, very affordable homes, so anything the Government can do to help make this happen has to be applauded. By encouraging more self build people will get the homes they really want, very cost effectively. For example, it's perfectly possible to build a three bedroom home for around £150,000.

"A boost to the self build sector will also create job opportunities in the construction industry and the wider construction materials sector. And most self builders are very committed to environmental and community issues too, so more self build should lead to greener homes and more cohesive communities."

Designer Wayne Hemingway said:

"It's the right time for the Government to start promoting self build. That's for sure. We've a got a society that enjoys design and enjoys creativity, loves watching Grand Designs, and new house building doesn't have to be as posh as Grand Designs - we have clearly got an appetite for doing our own homes.

"Because of the money that you save on self build you've got more chance to include green initiatives. And by the very nature of being a self builder you are more likely to look at things like that because you want to save money all the way."

Edited by Tired of Waiting

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Is the tide turning in the UK on overregulation? Just yesterday there was a thread about removing restrictions on off-street parking spaces for new builds.

This also seems more of the 'Big Society', with communities able to come together and build homes they need without a mountain of regulations.

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Is the tide turning in the UK on overregulation? Just yesterday there was a thread about removing restrictions on off-street parking spaces for new builds.

This also seems more of the 'Big Society', with communities able to come together and build homes they need without a mountain of regulations.

I think so. And I do hope so! Labour planning laws were ridiculously restrictive, and imposing very high densities, etc. They were control freaks - in this area, not with the banks though... :rolleyes: Crazy lunatics ignorant imbeciles! (Sorry.) <sigh>

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He's making more and more of the right noises.........I remain cautiously pessimistic on the whole, but hopeful.

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The teensy problem is - where do you get the money? Practically speaking, you'd have to be able to finance the majority of the build from savings or an inheritance or from selling a business. Lenders will give you a mortgage on a house that exists already, because they then (think) they have a saleable asset in the event of failure to repay. How many lenders will give a mortgage to a self--builder and risk being left with a pile of bricks on a patch of mud?

And there will still have to be regulations about things like how many housing units are connected to the water and sewerage systems.

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He's making more and more of the right noises.........I remain cautiously pessimistic on the whole, but hopeful.

I agree ....... And I have exactly the same feelings here. Almost afraid of allowing myself to be too happy about it, 'cause odds are that it won't really happen, in the "right" way, somehow. Caution is the word.

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How are they planning to stop 'property developers' doing this and pretending they are building it for themself ? Then a year down the line trying to flog it ?

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How are they planning to stop 'property developers' doing this and pretending they are building it for themself ? Then a year down the line trying to flog it ?

I don't know, but it would reduce house prices if builders and their mates did this...

What would be wrong with that? Is it just a matter of scale?

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The teensy problem is - where do you get the money? Practically speaking, you'd have to be able to finance the majority of the build from savings or an inheritance or from selling a business. Lenders will give you a mortgage on a house that exists already, because they then (think) they have a saleable asset in the event of failure to repay. How many lenders will give a mortgage to a self--builder and risk being left with a pile of bricks on a patch of mud?

Easy, common thing. The lending bank releases the money in stages, upon each stage completion. Very common in most other countries. It exists even here.

Britain is very unusual in its reliance on councils and major developers.

And there will still have to be regulations about things like how many housing units are connected to the water and sewerage systems.

Of course.

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Is the tide turning in the UK on overregulation? Just yesterday there was a thread about removing restrictions on off-street parking spaces for new builds.

This also seems more of the 'Big Society', with communities able to come together and build homes they need without a mountain of regulations.

Not sure the Uk building industry suffers from over-regulation.

Perhaps re planning but not building standards.

New-builds in the Uk are absolute bilge.

Worst housing stock in Europe.

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How are they planning to stop 'property developers' doing this and pretending they are building it for themself ? Then a year down the line trying to flog it ?

Why would they have to stop that? Supply is supply. If it is of good quality and price, it will sell. Let the market work.

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Not sure the Uk building industry suffers from over-regulation.

Perhaps re planning but not building standards.

New-builds in the Uk are absolute bilge.

Worst housing stock in Europe.

I agree with that. Planning is the main blockage.

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I don't know, but it would reduce house prices if builders and their mates did this...

What would be wrong with that? Is it just a matter of scale?

Yeah I suppose it would. Then again with reduced regulations would they not just try and cut even more corners if trying to sell for a profit ?

I like the principle of this. However in reality it will probably turn out different.

Why would they have to stop that? Supply is supply. If it is of good quality and price, it will sell. Let the market work.

Well that is nice in theory. However in the UK is any Government likely to let the market work when it comes to the holy grail of property....

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And there will still have to be regulations about things like how many housing units are connected to the water and sewerage systems.

And to ensure that we don't get a load of jerrybuilt hovels being put up (even though the big developers have been doing that for the last decade).

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Yeah I suppose it would. Then again with reduced regulations would they not just try and cut even more corners if trying to sell for a profit ?

I like the principle of this. However in reality it will probably turn out different.

Well that is nice in theory. However in the UK is any Government likely to let the market work when it comes to the holy grail of property....

I agree, with your whole post there.

IIRC when Shapps launched that community building stuff he said that building regulations would remain the same.

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And to ensure that we don't get a load of jerrybuilt hovels being put up (even though the big developers have been doing that for the last decade).

I think during booms the quality goes down, as anything sells. In normal markets buyers are pickier.

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Are they deliberately trying to crash the housing market?

Why buy a 10/20/30 year old sub-standard hovel when you can build your own house to your own specifications?

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Are they deliberately trying to crash the housing market?

Why buy a 10/20/30 year old sub-standard hovel when you can build your own house to your own specifications?

I don't think they will de-regulate fast enough or strongly enough to crash the market. Besides, culturally the vast majority of the British people are not used to this idea. And the market is not yet prepared - banks, estate agents, plot developers, utility companies, local authorities, etc. It will take at least a few years for volumes to pick up, IMO.

EDIT: "with self-builders completing between 17,000 and 20,000 building projects each year". That is very little.

Britain has around 20 million dwellings. Someone here suggested that probably 1% goes derelict/year - say 200k/year. And we are building around 200k/year too. Probably NET zero. (I couldn't find this NET data via Google.)

Edited by Tired of Waiting

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I'm about to build my own house (I may have mentioned it before!). The Grand Designs mentality has been difficult. People seem to think I want gold plated taps and wood from the rain forests. It's a difficult balance, though, as I also don't want carboard interior walls and plastic windows.

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:lol:

'Cause deregulating bankstering worked a treat!

There will be so much unmortgageable gerry built sh1t popping up all over the shop it'll be a nightmare.

My previous next door neighbour wanted to turn his modest 4 bed detached into a neo-footballers mansion with raised rooflines, non-standard footings ('cause they were cheaper and his mate had a truck load of knock-off railway sleepers to hand) etc etc. Only the excellent planning dept. saw through this nonsense and upheld my objection. Now he'll be Shapps-Free to build any old pile of cr4p.

Usual comedy of errors about to unfold..............hey ho

Edited by Red Karma

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If this happens they should do something to encourage continental builders to enter the market. I'd quite like to pay a German building firm to put something like this on my own plot of land:

lichthaus121-standard.jpg

That's just a random example of the kind of design you can pick from catalogues and have built to order in Germany.

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If this happens they should do something to encourage continental builders to enter the market. I'd quite like to pay a German building firm to put something like this on my own plot of land:

lichthaus121-standard.jpg

That's just a random example of the kind of design you can pick from catalogues and have built to order in Germany.

Exactly. Much better quality than UK developers.

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