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Govt offers support for custom builders

Government support has been announced for aspiring custom and self-builders who want to construct their own homes.Housing and planning minister Brandon Lewis has published details of plans for a new Right to Build across England, so that anyone who wishes to build their own home will be able to request help from their council in finding a suitable plot of land.The scheme is already being pioneered in eleven areas, which are compiling a register of prospective custom builders in the locality and matching them up to shovel-ready sites.As part of the consultation, views are being sought from local planning authorities, the custom build sector and prospective custom builders.It will take into consideration the local demand for custom build, meeting demand on the register with available land and how the Right to Build will function within the existing planning framework.Mr Lewis said custom build should be "a realistic opportunity for anyone who wants to build their own home"."Eleven areas are already leading the way on the Right to Build. And our plans for this Right across England will help more people turn their ambitions into reality and clear the way for a new generation of custom builders."The government is providing support for aspiring homeowners so that custom building is seen as an alternative to buying an existing home.A range of other measures have been announced to support custom builders, including a £150 million investment fund to support delivery of up to 10,000 serviced plots.They have also been made exempt from paying the community infrastructure levy, while section 106 tariffs have been scaled back.In addition, a £30 million Custom Build Homes Fund was set up in October 2012, making available repayable finance for larger multi-unit projects and grant funding for community custom builders.Planning guidance has also been drawn up that asks local planning authorities to assess and make plans to meet the demand for custom build homes. 

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