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11 areas begin self-building trial

Eleven areas across the country are to benefit from a government-backed scheme to help self-builders realise their ambitions.These locations have been selected to participate in the Right to Build programme. They will set up 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.Under the scheme, aspiring custom or self-builders will be able to register their interest with the council, which will then have to offer them suitable serviced plots that are for sale at market value.Those taking advantage of the initiative will still need to go through the normal planning application process but will have more of an opportunity to make their ambitions a reality.Each of the areas will receive a share of £550,000 to enable them to offer the new right to their residents.It is hoped that, ultimately, the size of the custom and self-build sector will be increased due to the initiative. Later this year, it will be decided whether to extend the changes across the country.Housing minister Brandon 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."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, house building levels are at their highest since 2007 and rising."One of the beneficiaries of the Right to Build project is Sheffield City Council, which will get just under £100,000 to further deliver over 800 self-build sites, as well as providing support for groups planning their own custom builds.A further £100,000 is to be awarded to Teignbridge District Council, helping it to implement a 'five per cent self-build' policy in their newly adopted Local Plan, meaning this proportion of all new homes in the area will be delivered by custom and self-builders. 

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