Councils urged to approve more 'Right to Build' plans

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has announced a review to make it easier for people to build their own home, urging councils to ensure planning permission is granted for suitable plots.

Currently there are around 15,000 of these types of homes built every year – an increase of 50 per cent in two years.

Councils are currently required to keep a register of those who wish to build in their local area. And by 30 October each year – ‘Right to Build’ day – councils should have granted planning permission to enough suitable plots to match the demand on their register. The review will examine how effectively these arrangements support self and custom building, including whether they increase land available the to support these homes.

To increase transparency, help understand how councils are meeting the needs of their communities and also support developers understand the demand, Jenrick has also announced that the data councils collect on self and custom build in their area will now be published annually.

Jenrick said: said: “We are backing people who want to design and build their own home and today I have launched a review to ensure councils provide enough land and take proper consideration for these homes both when making planning decisions in their area. This will help more people get a foot on the housing ladder and support our building industry as we deliver the homes that this country needs.”