Inside Housing confirms that funding to support community-led development is being extended to groups planning self-build projects.
(This article appeared on Inside Housing on 31 March 2013)
Housing minister Mark Prisk has announced that £14 million of funding to support the community right to build is being opened up to self-build schemes.
Previously the funding was only available to groups planning to use the community right to build, which allows developments to proceed without going through the normal planning process if they have local support.
The £14 million fund to support the development of proposals is now open to groups planning self build projects, even if they do not wish to use the community right to build powers.
Mr Prisk said: ‘Self-builders are often at the forefront of innovative housing design and environmental building techniques. And with interest in this industry growing, I’m keen to ensure it goes from strength to strength.
‘That’s why I’m going to relax the rules on our £14 million community right to build fund, so even more aspiring self-builders can get the support they need to get their projects off the ground.’