RICS previews self-build action plan

The government’s proposed self-build action plan was previewed yesterday, by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) and the National Self Build Association, with housing minister Grant Shapps in attendance.

Rics argued that this legislation, titled Go for Growth, would provide easier access to land for individuals planning to construct their own property, which would “make an important contribution to the diversity of UK housing supply”.

However, it claimed that a “sensible agreement on price” between developers and public landowners will be required.

It announced its pleasure to see a scheme that can help in delivering the residential buildings required for the future and revealed plans to work with the government on this project.

This follows a statement from Mr Shapps that he plans to continue pushing through legislation to make it easier for members of the public to become involved in self-building their own home.

He also asserted that finance solutions and information necessary for such projects should be easier to obtain.

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