The government believes the way in which the existing housebuilding market operates constrains the supply of new homes because there is not enough competition and innovation, a lack of consumer choice and a lack of diversity of supply. It believes self-build and custom housebuilding has a role in to play in increasing consumer choice and ensuring people can live in the homes that they want, and that are designed to meet their needs. To this end, Richard Bacon MP was tasked to develop a plan for a major scaling-up of self-build and custom housebuilding. He reported his findings at the beginning of August. In brief, his recommendations are:
- A greater role for Homes England, including a dedicated team for custom and self build,
- Raise awareness and show by ‘doing’,
- Support community, diversity and levelling up,
- Promote greener homes and increased use of Modern Methods of Construction (MMC),
- Align custom and self build changes with planning reforms, and
- Iron out tax issues around the model.