Its now six months since Richard Bacon's Bill went on the statute books.
No evidence whatsoever that my Local Authority has progressed matters at all. The Act "places a duty on local authorities to keep a register of individuals and community groups who have expressed an interest in acquiring land to bring forward self-build and custom-build projects".
The whole point was to require Local Authorities to "take account of and make provision for the interests of those on such registers in developing their housing initiatives and their local plans". (If LAs can't even find the resources to maintain a Register ...)
Back in March, the Chair of the Planning Officers Society stated
"the proposed register seemed to be "a bit of a sledgehammer to crack a nut" and added "The mechanics of actually keeping a register is quite a significant task that's going to absorb resources and, at a time when resources in local government are at a premium because of cuts, you do have to question on a cost-benefit analysis whether this is the thing to do or not."
It appears that 12 Authorities shared £550,000
to set up their Registers - but I wonder have any other Authorities managed to make any progress
My Local Authority has a consultation document out at present which largely ignores self-build. I would like to respond. Can anyone point to any research which has actually been done to measure the demand for self build plots in this country?
Update: the NACSBA has reported that 20% of LAs (69)
have managed to set up a Register ... one of which is London
Edited by Fallingditch, 16 September 2015 - 06:23 AM.