Monday, April 7, 2014

Sounds interesting.

A Right to Build: Local homes for local people

First time buyers and pensioners looking to downsize will be able to benefit from a radically new proposal that allows local people to buy their own plot of land and design their own custom built home. A Right to Build says that councils that fail to hit their own housing targets should have to release land to local people who want to design their own homes. In 2012, construction began on just 100,000 homes.

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  • mark wadsworth says:

    OK, define “a local person”.

    Apart from that, this goes back to my ‘universal inheritance’ idea that instead of giving planning permission to landowners, we give every individual planning permission for half a home when they turn 25, or each new married couple gets planning permission for one whole house (or whatever rules you want to make up), but they can choose a plot anywhere they like in the whole country, its size depending on local land values; so in the North East you get a 500 sq yard plot and in the South East you only get 200 sq yards etc.

    That way instead of landowners having everybody else over a barrel, those wishing to own a home have got landowners over a barrel. SO those who can’t be bothered building can sell their planning permit to a landowner for £100,000 instead of landowners making a £100,000 windfall gain for each home.

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  • Ok, fair enough – but it’s a good enough ‘excuse’ to get around the NIMBYs who primarily object to barrats box estates being built near them.
    Most people do not mind one or two off house built near them – the evidence for that is the lack of planning objections by locals on such developments.
    The objection to one off houses is the governments planning policy and the local planners who follow it to the letter. For example you have the ridiculous situation where you are not allowed to construct a new house next to an existing one because it’s not in the local development area – does that mean the 1970’s bungalows next to it should be demolished?

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  • mark wadsworth says:

    Khards, again, as a general rule, you are best off building something pretty similar to what else is in the area.

    If it’s a caravan park, then plonk down a caravan, don’t build a 5-bed detached house. If it’s an industrial estate, use it as a car park or an industrial unit or offices. If it’s a nice estate with detached villas, build a detached villa, if it’s a perfectly average area, build something average etc.

    “underbuilding” is a waste of the plot value; “overbuilding” is a waste of money on bricks and mortar. Also, if you build something similar to what the neighbours already have got, then you don’t get their backs up from day one, it’s always best to try and fit in.

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  • The right of a Community is dangerous. Who defines Community, and what about individuals acting in self interest? Individual rights and private property are the cornerstone of prosperity. The Community is often no-governmental organisations funded by the corporations and corporate “philanthropists” who seek to radically alter society, often not out of altruism, yet that is its outside face.

    Frankly, the thing they simply need to do is get rid of stamp duty and eliminate VAT on household extensions and improvements to listed buildings. Give people the right to extend their own houses first!!

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  • “People would have to live in the new home for at least five years to ensure that they cannot simply make a quick profit”
    Just the same as Right To Buy then? After 5 years, people will sell for a huge profit and of course some of these will end up being rented to the taxpayer via Housing Benefit. Affordable housing does not stay affordable if it is freehold.

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