A first-of-its-kind self build initiative in Shrewsbury has been agreed that will provide a unique opportunity for people to build their own homes in the county.
Shropshire Council will invest in 47 serviced plots which are intended to showcase the potential for future custom build developments. The project was agreed by cabinet earlier this year and has now been ratified by the Council.
Around 80 people are currently on Shropshire Council’s self build register, with approximately 500 from previous registers.
What Comes Next?
Shropshire Council is currently preparing planning applications which will comprise a full planning application for the infrastructure, landscaping and utilities. If this application is successful, then the Council will invite companies to tender for completing the infrastructure works.
At the same time, the Council will file a separate outline planning application for the 47 serviced plots which, following approval, will enable self builders and custom builders to apply for full planning permission to build on the land.
Andria Cox, planning policy and self build at Shropshire Council, said: “There will be virtually no restrictions on design and the self builder will have free reign on build design, however the plot passports will mention height and boundary conditions along with a few other conditions.
“A really exciting initiative”
Building works are expected to begin in Spring 2020, with the first phase of house building expected to commence in early summer 2020. It is during this four-month period that self builders can submit a planning application for their individual self-build.
Councillor Robert Macey, cabinet member for housing and strategic planning at Shropshire Council, said: “This is a really exciting initiative. The London Road development will be an exemplar scheme, which is eagerly anticipated by other councils that are contemplating their own self build schemes and is intended to showcase the potential for future developments of this nature.
“We’re aiming to provide a low-density self build, low-carbon, unique development scheme for people that want to build their own homes and we hope this will provide a stepping stone to further self build plots in the future.”
Shropshire Council has released a location plan of the site, detailing the plots that will be available soon, and has announced that a timetable listing when the phases will be released for sale will be available in the near future.