I see that Ed Miliband is the latest politician to suggest that self-build could be the answer to providing a significant boost to the UK’s housing shortage. Good news and all that, but it got me thinking about the concept of ‘new’ housing and how the figure – that Homebuilding & Renovating produce – of around 11,000 homes self-built each year – actually doesn’t reflect that number of new houses at all.

The point is that, thanks to the shortage of available virgin building plots, I suspect that only a minority of those 11,000 self-built homes are actually ‘new’ – the rest are like-for-like replacements, with new eco houses replacing older homes. So let’s say, to be generous, self-build as a sector is actually accounting for a maximum of 6,000 new homes each year. A drop in the ocean really – and a world away from where the Government, and Miliband, want to be.

  • Stephen Margerison

    Hi, I have been complaining to the housing minister for some time, and perhaps you should all do the same !!! my comment is regarding green field ???? that should mean what it says, but how many times do we come across what is actually an INFILL SITE !! all be it in a green field area, I am talking of one offs, not wholesale developments. We should all stand up and SHOUT thanks,, SKM

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