New support to help city residents build own houses

Cllr Harry Harpham, Kate Housden from Sheffield Council housing and Cristina Cerulli from Sheffield University's School of Architecture
Cllr Harry Harpham, Kate Housden from Sheffield Council housing and Cristina Cerulli from Sheffield University's School of Architecture
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People in Sheffield wanting to build their own homes can sign up to a new online register.

Sheffield Council has launched the register after being named as one of 11 local authorities to be given ‘vanguard’ status for the national Right to Build scheme - designed to make it easier for people to construct their own properties.

The new register – online at www.sheffield.gov.uk/custombuild – will let interested parties inform the council about the type of house they want to build and if they are looking for a plot of land, to help the authority assess the demand for personal home-building in the city.

Councillor Harry Harpham, deputy leader of Sheffield Council, said: “Sheffield is a city where creativity and independence thrive, so it is only fitting that our Right to Build bid was successful and we are one of the Government’s 11 vanguard councils.

“I hope this scheme will empower people to custom build the homes that they want, by getting the help, advice and contacts that they need.

“I also hope that, by driving the scheme forward, we can establish a real and viable alternative to the usual types of housing delivery available in the city, as custom build homes are often cheaper, greener, more affordable and more innovatively designed.”

A public information event will also be held at Sheffield Town Hall on Saturday.

Visit www.buildstore.co.uk/sheffield to register for the event.