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Tony Watkins

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ImageIn the UK the 2014 National Planning Policy Framework for the first time has placed a duty on councils in paragraph 159 to, first, “measure the demand of” and, secondly “provide for” those who wish to build their own homes.




The Chancellor’s 2014 Budget speech in March announced that the government will consult on a new “right to build”, giving citizens a right to challenge authorities that leave this duty unaddressed.

 Currently 10,000 households in the UK are owner-builders. Sam Brown (RIBAJ May 2014 p45) estimates that around 6 million households would be owner-builders if only regulations made it easier.


From the Royal institute of British Architects Journal 

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