What Gove's latest speech on homebuilding means for self builders and renovators

Michael Gove giving a speech in London
Michael Gove announced in a speech last week his plans to ramp up homebuilding by targeting brownfield development, renovating existing building and removing planning barriers (Image credit: Getty)

Michael Gove has announced new permitted development rights as well as measures to make it easier to develop existing buildings in cities and brownfield sites.

In a speech last week Gove announced '10 principles' to help tackle the UK's housing crisis, with a key focus on building in brownfield sites and extending permitted development rights. 

Joseph Mullane
News Editor

News Editor Joseph has previously written for Today’s Media and Chambers & Partners, focusing on news for conveyancers and industry professionals.  Joseph has just started his own self build project, building his own home on his family’s farm with planning permission for a timber frame, three-bedroom house in a one-acre field. The foundation work has already begun and he hopes to have the home built in the next year. Prior to this he renovated his family's home as well as doing several DIY projects, including installing a shower, building sheds, and livestock fences and shelters for the farm’s animals. Outside of homebuilding, Joseph loves rugby and has written for Rugby World, the world’s largest rugby magazine.