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Eleven Right to Build areas across the country will benefit from the latest government-backed opportunity to help aspiring custom or self-builders get their projects off the ground, under plans announced today (Tuesday 30 September) by Housing Minster Brandon Lewis.

The Minister said these 11 areas will be at the forefront of the government’s efforts to “help those looking to build their own homes turn their dreams into reality.”

The Right to Build is the latest in a range of Government initiatives designed to help those looking to build their own home.

The 11 chosen areas will “establish and maintain a register of prospective custom and self-builders in the area and begin to identify “shovel-ready” sites for those on the register – becoming the first to offer local people the right to design and build their own home.”

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Housing Minister Brandon Lewis said:

“We’re determined to help anyone who aspires to own their own home – whether that’s buying on the open market through schemes like our Help to Buy, or to build.

“That’s why from today, 11 areas across the country will be the first to offer a new Right to Build, one of a range of measures we’re taking to ensure anyone who wants to build their own home has the opportunity and help they need to do so.

“This is one of a range of measures we’re taking to help aspiring home owners, but also to get Britain building – and thanks to our efforts, house building levels are at their highest since 2007 and rising.

“This will not be a free-for-all – those looking to build will still need to go through the normal planning application process. But it will open up the opportunity to self-build beyond those with “grand designs” so even more people can realise their self-build ambitions.”

The 11 designated areas will be the first to offer this new right to their residents from today, and will each receive a share of £550,000.

They are:

  • Cherwell District Council
  • South Cambridgeshire District Council
  • Teignbridge District Council
  • Shropshire Council
  • Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council
  • West Lindsey District Council
  • Exmoor and Dartmoor National Park Authorities
  • Pendle Borough Council
  • Sheffield City Council
  • South Norfolk District Council
  • Stoke-on-Trent City Council

It will be decided whether the changes should be extended across the country later this year following a Government consultation on the progress of this first wave.

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