West Oxfordshire District Council is on the look-out for anyone with a local connection to the District who has ‘grand designs’ to build their own home.
As part of the Government’s ‘Self-build and Custom House-building Act,’ the District Council would like to hear from anyone hoping to build their own home or looking to contract a builder to construct it for them. This includes individual homes and larger developments.
Councillor Warwick Robinson, cabinet member responsible for planning said: “We believe there is an interest in custom and self-build housing within the District as it can be seen as a more affordable route to home ownership and it often inspires innovative, creative design and construction.
“We are keen hear from anyone who has any self-build plans and are urging them to sign up to our new online register. This will help us find out more about the number and types of homes they would like to build as we are also working with other individuals and groups to identify suitable land for such projects.”
“Signing up to the register doesn’t mean we can guarantee that a suitable plot will be identified, or become available, however we will do everything we can to help.”
The Council’s self-build register will be reviewed regularly, helping to inform them of the level of demand for plots in West Oxfordshire and enabling them to develop a strategy for matching people to plots in their area.
Self-build homes are subject to the same requirement for planning permission as other homes.
For more information about custom and self-build housing, including sources of funding and advice, or to register an interest, visit www.westoxon.gov.uk/housing or call 01993 861000.