self build house in Yorkshire

This Passivhaus-certified self-build in Yorkshire was built using a green oak frame from Oakwrights. Photograph: David Burton

The role of custom and self-build in helping to meet the nation’s housing needs has been recognised in the updated National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) for England.

The document, which was last updated in 2012, was published on 24 July 2018.

“The updated NPPF now fully recognises the custom build sector, in addition to self build,” says Michael Holmes, Chair of the National Custom and Self Build Association (NaCSBA). “Furthermore, it is clear that the needs of those wishing to commission or build their own home must be assessed and reflected in planning policies.”

The NPPF reminds English planning authorities of their statutory obligations to:

  • maintain a register of those seeking to acquire serviced plots
  • deliver enough suitable development permissions to meet identified demand, as set out in the Right to Build legislation.

Smaller Sites

The NPPF provides further support for the development of smaller sites It also encourages councils and developers to sub-divide larger plots to help speed up the delivery of new homes.

Mario Wolf, Director of NaCSBA’s Right to Build Task Force, also welcomed the new NPPF, saying, “We are delighted that the revised NPPF has been further strengthened to support the implementation of the Right to Build legislation, particularly its recognition that custom and self build can deliver affordable housing. We look forward to working with our partners and local authorities to deliver it.”