Garden villages announcement holds potential for custom-build

The announcement of 14 new garden villages by the Government holds great potential for self- and custom-build, according to the NaCSBA.

While not explicitly mentioned in the announcement, the association said it expected that “the majority of these villages will look to include opportunities for self- and custom housebuilding.” It added: “If custom-build developers and enablers are engaged in the process early enough, they can help assess development potential and identify suitable parcels of land.”

This type of building, said NaCSBA, could include “shell or package homes” and “permissioned serviced building plots that both self- and custom-builders can buy at affordable prices.”

Developer Eco-Bos has put forward plans for one of the chosen village locations – West Carclaze in Cornwall – that include space for both self- and custom-build housing.

The garden villages are an expansion of the existing garden towns programme and a continuation of the Government’s aim to support locally-led development. Each village will consist of 1,500-10,000 homes.

The Government will be making £6m available in project support funding to local authorities. This will be used to “unlock the full capacity of sites, providing funding for additional resources and expertise to accelerate development and avoid delays.”

Housing Minister Gavin Barwell said:

“Locally-led garden towns and villages have enormous potential to deliver the homes that communities need.”

NaCSBA has stated that it will look to engage with the councils and agencies as soon as possible, “in order to provide support and advice on bringing forward self- and custom-build opportunities.”