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More Government Support for Grand Designs

Today (17th of September 2013) the Government announced a raft of new measures to support your “Grand Design” – the self build of your new home. The measures include: Providing new grant funding for community self-builders Community self-build and community-led affordable housing projects will now be able to apply for a share of £65 million from the Government’s Affordable Homes Guarantees Programme to build the affordable homes they want in their area. Working with councils to increase land for self-build plots The Government will soon produce new planning practice guidance this will ensure councils establish the demand for self-build in their area, as well as take steps to help aspiring self-builders. This will include compiling a local register of people who want … Continue reading

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Self Build: Don’t Leave Planning Until Too Late

Self Build housing is very much in the news, particularly with the extra support it is being given by central government. And many people after watching TV shows such as Grand Designs see Self Build as the perfect way of building their dream home. And if you are thinking of Self Build one thing you must get right in the earliest stages is planning permission. Over the years we have come across many people who have found what they think is the right location for their dream home, bought the land, and engaged an architect to prepare designs only to find out that they cannot obtain planning permission. This may be because it is in Green Belt, or other protected open … Continue reading

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£30 million to Support the Self-Build Surge

Housing Minister Grant Shapps is shortly to announce a new £30 million fund for self builders. This fund will provide short-term finance for projects where groups of self-builders come together to self-build homes at the same time. Interested in self-build? Read our guide on making sure you get planning permission. Or call 01282 872570 to find out how we can support your project. These types of projects have struggled in the UK because of the reluctance of lenders to provide finance. But now Self-build groups will be able to bid for a slice of the cash to part fund land acquisition and early development costs with money being repaid on completion of the project. Grant Shapps said: “The self-build industry is riding … Continue reading

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