Calls for government to do more for self builders as planning approvals drop to lowest levels since 2006

Michael Gove and Rishi Sunak walking in Durham with other Conservative members
The government has been called on to do more for self builders to help them gain planning permission for their projects as planning approvals hit record lows in 2023 (Image credit: Getty Images)

In the wake of the Conservative Party's victory in the 2019 general election, one of their prominent promises was to empower individuals with aspirations of self building their homes. 

Their election manifesto boldly declared a commitment to "bolster community housing by facilitating access to land for those eager to construct their own residences".

Michael Holmes
Michael Holmes

Michael is a prominent figure in the property industry, serving as the Director of Content for Homebuilding & Renovating and holding the role of Vice Chair at the National Custom and Self Build Association (NaCSBA). He is a well-known property expert with a wealth of experience, having presented numerous property TV shows for major networks and authored "Renovating for Profit." Additionally, he manages an architectural and interior design practice, offering design and project management services. Michael has an extensive background in property, including overseeing 30 building projects, including self builds and the renovation of a Grade-II listed farmhouse. 

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.