Scaling up self-built homes

“We should also consider the way we build homes.”

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East Devon’s MP has raised concerns about the state of the housing market – and looks at some creative alternatives:

We should also consider the way we build homes. Mid Devon District Council is showing the way with a modular home development in Cullompton. I’ve had a tour of similar types of housing and I’d very happily live in one. They are considerably cheaper to construct and a firm reminder that our local housing crisis shouldn’t become a license to print money for developers.

East Devon’s housing crisis is bigger than your backyard | Sidmouth Herald

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Another creative alternative would be the self-build – and the government has just announced its intention to help:

Proposals to help more people build their own homes have been ‘warmly welcomed’ by the Housing Secretary Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP (21 August 2021).

Richard Bacon MP’s review of Custom and Self Build, commissioned by the Prime Minister, finds huge potential in the sector which could deliver 30-40,000 more homes every year, and recommends a major-scaling up of self-built homes to boost the overall housing supply. This will see homes that can be built in weeks that are better designed, built to the highest environmental standards and with cheaper household bills.

The report was commissioned to improve the housebuilding industry by giving customers more choice, and to make home building a mainstream, realistic and affordable option for people across the country.

Proposals to help people build their own homes welcomed by Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick – GOV.UK

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The mainstream media is pretty interested:

‘Missing market’ for self-build homes in the UK, review finds | Evening Standard

Housing blueprint sets aside land for self-building boom | News | The Times

Govt review recommends major scaling up of self-built homes – FTAdviser.com

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Meanwhile, the draft Local Plan looks to encourage self-build:

East Devon Local Plan consultation: homes – Vision Group for Sidmouth

And locally, there have been a few self-builds over the years:

Self-build housing for Sidmouth – Vision Group for Sidmouth

   
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