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Launched to coincide with Right to Build Day, 30 October 2020, the Right to Build Task Force is publishing the first notes of its comprehensive new suite of guidance, specifically designed to support the delivery of custom and self-build homes in England. The guidance is hosted on its newly relaunched website www.righttobuild.org.uk.

The guidance complements existing legislation and regulations, together with the National Planning Policy Framework 2019 (NPPF) and National Planning Policy Guidance (NPPG).

The guidance aims to ensure consistent good practice in the delivery of custom and self-build homes and in particular the Right to Build legislation. It aims to fill identified gaps in what is currently available and to provide a clear steer in areas where different practice is being observed.

These documents will continue to evolve with the market, reflecting the ongoing emergence of good and ultimately best practice. They will respond to changes in legislation, regulations, planning appeals and case law, as well as to the national planning framework and guidance.

In total, the guidance will be made up of an Overview, 16 Guidance Notes and 4 Appendices, which together will make up a significant body of work (see Appendix for full list).

The first phase of the Custom and Self-build Planning Guidance (below) is available on the Right to Build Task Force’s website www.righttobuild.org.uk. The documents are open to feedback until 30 November 2020, with final guidance notes to be published by 31 December 2020.

The remaining documents aim to be published in three further phases.

  • PG0 Overview
  • PG1 Defining Custom and Self-build
  • PG2 Delivering a sufficient supply of homes
  • PG9 Using register numbers to identify plots to be permissioned
  • PG10 Counting relevant permissioned plots
  • Appendix A Legislation & Regulation
  • Appendix B National Planning Policy Framework and National Planning Policy Guidance
  • Appendix C Other key policy documents

Bryony Harrington, Head of the Task Force, said, “The Custom and Self-build Planning Guidance has been informed by the learning of the Task Force as to the delivery of custom and self-build homes in practice and, in particular, the application of the Right to Build legislation. The guidance will be indispensable for the sector, for local authorities and for other stakeholders working to bring on serviced plots, such as landowners and developers.”

“This guidance will help bring much needed certainty and consistency to the market providing a single and trusted source of information. The stated aim of the legislation back in 2016 was ‘to make it much easier for people to find land to build or commission their own home, diversifying housing supply and revitalising smaller builders who have not experienced the same level of recovery as the large housebuilders since the financial crisis’. The need for this legislation to work effectively is clearly as important now as it has ever been and the guidance will help to make this happen.”

Housing Secretary Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP said: “We want to help more people build or design their own home which for many is a way of getting on the housing ladder.
“I welcome this guidance from the Right to Build Taskforce that sets out practical advice on how councils and other partners can work together to provide more land and support people realise their housebuilding plans.
“The Government is playing its part – today I have launched a review to ensure that councils are providing enough land for self and custom build homes and that these homes are given proper consideration when making planning decisions.”

Working with the Task Force

The Right to Build Task Force operates as a consultancy, and engages with local authorities, land promoters and others to support and build capacity for custom and self-build. Using funding awarded by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) it has a remit to work with every English authority it has not engaged with to date, meaning that every region will benefit from its expertise.

The Task Force also engages with other industry bodies, and has training sessions planned in conjunction with the Local Government Association and other planning bodies.

Appendix: Summary of the Custom and Self-build Planning Guidance

PG0 Overview October 2020
Definitions
PG1 Defining Custom and Self-build October 2020
Plan Making and Policies
PG2 Delivering a sufficient supply of homes October 2020
PG3 Provision of affordable housing, including exception sites Phase 2
PG4 Designs of exceptional quality Phase 4
PG5 Sustainability Phase 3
PG6 Supplementary Planning Documents (template) Phase 4
PG7 Neighbourhood plans and the process Phase 4
PG8 Maintaining open and inclusive registers and engaging with those on the register Phase 2
Decision Taking
PG9 Using register numbers to identify plots to be permissioned October 2020
PG10 Counting relevant permissioned plots October 2020
PG11 NPPF and Right to Build Legislation – delivering appropriate permissions Phase 2
PG12 Working with multi-plot sites and phased delivery Phase 3
PG13 Annual Monitoring Reporting (template) Phase 2
PG14 Securing delivery of self and custom build homes Phase 3
Engaging
PG15 Working with groups of self-builders Phase 4
PG16 How to address undersupply (strategic & short-term) Phase 3
Appendices
Appendix A Legislation & Regulation October 2020
Appendix B National Planning Policy Framework and National Planning Policy Guidance October 2020
Appendix C Other key policy documents October 2020
Appendix D Planning appeals Phase 2

 

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