Self-build homes cash for Sheffield unveiled today

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Sheffield people will be able to design and create their own homes on 800 ‘self-build’ sites under new proposals.

Today the Government will announce plans to help aspiring builders get their projects off the ground in 11 areas of the country – with the aim of helping more people own their home.

Sheffield Council is to receive £100,000 to support groups planning custom builds and deliver more than 800 self-build sites as part of a consultation on the project.

The Right To Build scheme also means councils must establish and maintain a register of prospective custom and self-builders in the area and begin to identify ‘shovel-ready’ sites for those on it.

Housing Minister Brandon Lewis said: “We’re determined to help anyone who aspires to own their own home – whether that’s buying on the open market through schemes like our Help to Buy, or to build.

“That’s why from today, 11 areas across the country will be the first to offer a new Right to Build, one of a range of measures we’re taking to ensure anyone who wants to build their own home has the opportunity and help they need to do so.

“This is one of a range of measures we’re taking to help aspiring homeowners, but also to get Britain building – and thanks to our efforts, house building levels are at their highest since 2007 and rising.”

Ministers insist the scheme, which could be rolled out across the country later this year, is not a ‘free-for-all’ and those looking to build will still need planning permission.

They also say house building is at the centre of the country’s economic recovery.

A funding pot of £550,000 is to be split between the 11 areas, which only include Sheffield in Yorkshire.