Low-key start to self-build register despite demand

Around 55,000 people have signed up to the Right to Build register in England, according to self-build champion group National Custom and Self Build Association (NaCSBA).

Yet the organisation claims fewer than half of all local authorities report meeting a legal duty to provide sufficient plots to meet the demand. Almost one in five have admitted that they have not met the requirement, according to NaCSBA.

What is the self-build register?

Acknowledging growing demand from people to build their own home, legislation requires local authorities in England to keep a register of people and groups interested in building their own homes. First introduced in April 2019, authorities were set a deadline of three years to make available sufficient development plots to meet the demand of the register.

Following the three-year deadline, NaCSBA conducted Freedom of Information research to assess the progress made. Despite the response, the organisation believes the numbers do not provide a reliable assessment of custom and self-build delivery via the registers.

What should self-builders do?

NaCSBA believes that prospective self-builders seeking to build their own home in England should sign up to their local register or via NACSBA’s Right to Build portal.

Whether you are planning to build your home yourself or use a builder to construct it for you, early engagement with your Local Authority Building Control team will help to keep your project on time and to budget.

Also consider working with LABC Warranty from an early stage, too. As well as enjoying the peace of mind 10-year structural defect policy brings, our risk management surveyors work alongside Building Control to ensure the quality of your dream home.

Please Note: Every care was taken to ensure the information in this article was correct at the time of publication. Any written guidance provided does not replace the reader’s professional judgement and any construction project should comply with the relevant Building Regulations or applicable technical standards. However, for the most up to date LABC Warranty technical guidance please refer to your Risk Management Surveyor and the latest version of the LABC Warranty technical manual.

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