The Right to Build Task Force has announced its latest significant piece of work to support custom- and self-build, in association with Teignbridge District Council and its GESP (Greater Exeter Strategic Plan) partners. The announcement was made at the ‘Right to Build Expo: Unlocking the Potential of Custom & Self Build Housing’ held in Exeter.
Teignbridge District Council is working with the Task Force to identify several opportunities to create more serviced building plots to meet the needs of people on its Right to Build register. As part of this work, Teignbridge District Council and its GESP partners will be the first local authorities to pilot a new evidence tool to plan for longer-term custom- and self-build housing demand.
The tool is to be piloted for the Greater Exeter sub-region involving East Devon, Exeter, Mid Devon, Devon County Council and Teignbridge. It will help inform the preparation of the Greater Exeter Strategic Plan and is designed to give local authorities a means of assessing a longer-term view of custom- and self-build demand and support their planning for serviced building plots. To develop the tool, the Task Force has partnered with planning consultancy Three Dragons.
The tool will act as an additional source of evidence to supplement the short-term picture that the Right to Build registers present of local demand for plots under the Government’s Right to Build legislation. This will enable local authorities to effectively measure demand on a longer timescale. This will enable them to plan confidently for custom- and self-build housing, helping them make informed planning decisions, as required by National Planning Policy.
The tool provides estimates of the demand for custom- and self-build by district/housing market area, with outputs summarised in a report that includes:
• The legislative context and national policy expectations
• The local authority policy position including relevant information from Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMAs) and the local authority’s demand register
• An assessment of custom- and self-build demand for the local area, with recommendations for actions and steps the organisation could take to meet this demand.