Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Stage

Document Section 1. North Somerset Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Document Potential new policy areas Q40. Are there any other options for how the Local Plan can deliver self-build and custom housing schemes? [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID 9138657//6
Respondent Home Builders Federation Ltd (… [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 12 Dec 2018

The HBF is supportive of both the allocation of sites and an exceptions policy approach for self / custom build housing schemes. The HBF is not supportive of a proportion of self / custom build plots on housing sites of a certain size. This policy approach only changes housing delivery from one form of house building to another without any consequential additional contribution to boosting housing supply. If these plots are not developed by self / custom builders then these undeveloped plots are effectively removed from the HLS unless the Council provides a mechanism by which these dwellings may be developed by the original non self / custom builder in a timely manner. Before introducing any such policy the Council should consider the practicalities of health & safety, working hours, length of build programme, etc. as well as viability assessing any adverse impacts. There is the loss of Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) contributions as self / custom build properties are exempt. Any policy requirement for self / custom build serviced plots on housing sites of a certain size should be fully justified and supported by evidence of need. The Council should assess such housing needs in the SHMAA as set out in the NPPG (ID 2a-021) collating from reliable local information (including the number of validated registrations on the Councils Self / Custom Build Registers) the demand from people wishing to build their own homes. The Council should analyse the preferences of entries on the Self Build Registers often only individual plots in rural locations are sought as opposed to plots on housing sites of a certain size. The Register may not provide the justification for this policy approach.

Supportive of allocation of sites for self/custom build schemes