Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Govt. wants ‘a self build revolution’

Self-build: Should people build their own homes?

The government wants to double the number of people building their own homes

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7 thoughts on “Govt. wants ‘a self build revolution’

  • cynicalsoothsayer says:

    I’m doing it now. They need to drastically cut down the bureaucracy surrounding planning and building standards, and give free access to the EN BS specifications relevant to buildings. It takes years to get drawings and permissions through the system, then they give you just three years to build it. The whole system in this country is biased towards larger builders.

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  • mark wadsworth says:

    The BBC’s figures show that the scarcity cost/value of a plot of land with planning for a house is around £100,000. We already knew this, thank you very much. Idiots.

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  • cyn,

    What you say comes as no surprise. Not only does the system favour the big boys, it is also escalating the cost of construction.

    You could do worse than to send our Grant a list of the most pointless and obstructive bits of red tape you’ve come across – but send it to his constituency office – it would get deliberately buried in Whitehall..

    – Good luck with your project!

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  • Most of the objections to the idea boil down to ‘leave it to housebuilders and planners – they know what they’re doing’. Every VI says that.

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  • I’m ready to crack on and build myself a nice wee house the moment someone gives me a piece of land to build on. As far as I’m concerned the government can put up or shut up.

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  • Bring it on, bet they don’t though where I want to live.

    BTW any news on rumours of dropping vat down to 5% on building works ?

    I might be building a small extension soon, so please post if you know anything.

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  • Let the dumb public take the risks.

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