Understanding the Right to Build Legislation

If the thought of moving into a home already on the property market doesn’t appeal, you might be looking into custom builds and how finding your own plot could benefit you. In reality, self-build homes can be beautifully personalised and with the help of architectural services can look dazzling inside and out. Self-build mortgages are readily available too with money being released in instalments, but is it difficult to bring a project of your own to light? Let’s delve deeper.

What is the Right to Build Scheme?

Launched in 2016, the Right to Build scheme is designed to help combat the housing crisis and make it easier for those planning a self-build to find relevant plots of land. As part of the Housing and Planning Act 2016, local councils must try and find appropriate land for those interested in embarking on a personal project. It’s all about freeing up more land for home build projects and there’s a Right to Build register for anyone interested in this scheme.

Why is the Right to Build register important?

In the past, many councils have granted planning permission to large developers and ignored smaller projects arguing that the demand for self-build homes wasn’t there. A typical response might have been that no relevant sites are available because few people are interested in pursuing projects of their own. The Right to Build register, however, shows exactly how many people want to construct their own houses in a specific area.

Everyone in England is entitled to sign up to the register. People can sign up as individuals or as a group who wants to carry out a self-build project together. It’s important to note, however, that this is a piece of English legislation and there’s currently no such register for those living in Scotland, Northern Ireland or Wales.

Right to Build Day – a historic day for self-builds

While finding plots is not always an easy process, the very fact councils are being encouraged to look for plots is encouraging. On October 31st, 2019 all councils and national parks in England were required to demonstrate that the number of plots that have been given planning permission matched the register demand for that area. Known as Right to Build day, this was extremely significant showing action is being taken. It’s was also relevant considering the UK has the lowest known rates of self and custom builds in the world – as well as a shortage of new homes.

If you’ve been granted planning permission and are looking for reputable architectural services, contact Bluelime Home Design today. As professional Croydon architects serving Dartford, BromleyErith and Bexley, Bluelime Home Design offers a wide range of services including kitchen designs and kitchen extensions. New builds require great care and attention, so avoid common mistakes by calling in the professionals and putting your faith into custom build experts.

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