Self and custom builds increasing annually

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New figures have shown that the number of self and custom build homes being built in the UK is on the rise.

According to new research, 2016 saw the third consecutive annual increase in the UK’s self and custom build housing market.

This particular market is growing at 6.25 percent a year. This, if it continues at this pace, will lead to 16,500 homes being built in this way by 2020!

And experts don’t seem to think this trend will be slowing down anytime soon. The three-year forecast indicates an industry growth of 41 per cent, valuing the sector at £6 billion.

So why the recent shift, and why now?

There are many potential reasons behind this increase, with the most prominent being the shortage of good quality housing leading to people taking matters into their own hands in order to own their perfect home.

Here at Fibre Architects, we have seen first hand an increase in the number of self-build projects we that are approached to design. Our clients have often opted for a self or custom build because finding the right house in the right location at the right price is notoriously hard.

More and more people are realising that if the perfect home isn’t available in your chosen area, finding the right plot of land to build on and creating your own home from scratch can harbour amazing results. At Fibre, we offer free evaluations of potential plots for building on, to advise on the initial viability of gaining planning permission for the projects you may have in mind.

That being said, the increase in the number of these types of projects may not purely be down to changes in personal preference. There may also be politics at play here, as it has been said that self and custom builds play a strategic role in contributing to government house building targets. The government recently implemented measures in order to make it easier for aspiring self-builders.

Whatever the reasons behind the increase, we’re very excited about this from a design perspective. Self and custom builds allow the client’s imagination to run wild and build an amazing new home from scratch. At Fibre, these are often our favourite types of projects as we can get our creative juices flowing and really bring each client’s dream home ideas to life!

We’re looking forward to seeing even more self and custom build homes being built in the future, and also to seeing what exciting and varied design opportunities will come with a continued shift towards this way of housebuilding.

 

What changes can we expect to see in planning regulations this year and beyond?

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It’s coming up to the midway point in 2017 and there are some exciting developments in the world of planning regulations that are either already underway or that lay ahead. We’re taking a look at a couple of the changes to the planning process that look set to affect the construction industry as a whole.

Residential approvals on the rise in 2017

Government statistics have shown that there has been an increase in the number of residential planning approvals in 2017 when compared to last year. According to the figures, there has been a total of 12,300 residential planning approvals in the first quarter of 2017 which is certainly encouraging.

According to statistics, of the 12,300 approvals, 1,700 (up 17 per cent year on year) were major developments and 10,600 (up by eight per cent) minor developments. With approvals on the rise, and with Fibre Architects’ growing involvement in development projects we’re happy to see this trend continuing to at least somewhat address the housing shortage.

Numbers show that the actual amount of planning applications have also increased. The number of district level planning applications increased by three percent between January and March this year, when compared to this period in 2016. While this may not seem like much, it again represents at least an increasing optimism in the UK housing market.

Raynsford Review

Earlier this year former housing and planning minister, Nick Raynsford, undertook a review of the English planning systems in an attempt to see how it can be made ‘fairer, better resourced and capable of tackling the major challenges which confront the nation’.

The review will look specifically at the shortage of housing and tackling climate change, and making sure that the planning process is able to deliver places that successfully balance the needs of economy, environment and community wellbeing.

The review will gather evidence into 2018, and we will be unlikely to see the results of the findings of this report until at least next year. At Fibre we pride ourselves on having a good knowledge of current planning regulations, and where possible only submitting proposals on behalf of our clients that are likely to achieve planning permission, but this is not always easy. With this review potentially a key factor in overhauling the English planning system we are again very encouraged – watch this space for more updates!

Planning ahead…

With all this considered, this seems like a good time to not only be an architecture firm, but also a housing developer or just someone who has an idea for a home they want to be built! It has long been the view of many that the planning system in England needs to change in order to get the high-quality, well thought-through homes that many people desperately need built. With evidence that more applications are being approved, and with potential changes to the system on the horizon, we’re very excited about what the future holds for residential development especially in the Yorkshire region. We will therefore be sure to keep you updated with all things housing and planning as they develop further.