What is ‘Right to Build’?

Very simply, ‘Right to Build’ is a Government initiative (since 2016), encouraging more custom-build homes in the UK. It comes in response to the difficulty custom builders face in finding suitable land.

‘Right to Build’ gives custom builders the right to purchase a plot from a local council, who have an obligation to make more land available to meet demand. 

 

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How does ‘Right to Build’ work?

Under the legislation, anyone in England can sign up to a local register, expressing that you would like to build a house. This can be via several different routes – custom build, self build or community-led housing.

Councils must then make available sufficient plots available to meet demand within three years on a rolling basis. Not only do they have to make serviced plots available to buy, they must also give suitable planning permission.

 

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What is a ‘serviced plot’?

In relation to Housing and Planning Act 2016 a serviced plot is defined as follows:

‘has access to a public highway and has connections for electricity, water and waste water, or can be provided with those things in specified circumstances or within a specified period’.

 

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How much does it cost to sign up to the register?

Unfortunately, councils do have the right to charge you for registration. They can choose whether to and how much to charge, although the charge must be ‘reasonable’ in accordance with their administration costs.

 

Do we need to live in the area we want to register with?

Some councils require that you have a ‘local’ connection, which means that you live, work or have some other connection to that area. If they insist on this, they then must keep a two-part register. Anyone without a local connection will join the second part of the list. The council will have a legal duty to provide enough plots for the first list, and the second list may be used to inform policy or supply plots but without the legal duty to do so.

 

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Can we choose the plot we want under the ‘Right to Build’ legislation?

No. It’s really just a way of ensuring local councils are meeting the demand for housing plots in their area. It’s up to them which plots they make available for you to buy.

 

Does ‘Right to Build’ exist in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland?

No, currently it’s a piece of legislation for English authorities only.

 

 

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