Pendle has been selected as one of 11 areas nationwide to benefit from a new Government initiative to help aspiring self-builders get their projects off the ground.
Pendle Council will receive £46,000 to provide self-build plots in the area, and explore opportunities for affordable homes.
Housing Minister Brandon Lewis said the 11 areas would 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 scheme is the latest in a range of measures to help those looking to build their own home.
The 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.
Mr 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 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 homeowners, but also to get Britain building – and thanks to our efforts, housebuilding 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 areas will now test the Right to Build scheme to help ultimately increase the size of the custom and self-build sector.