Anyone interested in building their own home is being asked to register their details to be kept informed of land made available through the local plan process. The register can be found at www.dorsetforyou.com/self-
The council is committed to supporting the growth of self-build and custom building to broaden the market and reduce reliance on large house builders, as part of the wider Government objective of driving up home ownership and doubling the number of custom-built and self-built homes by 2020.
Cllr Kevin Brookes, Weymouth & Portland Borough Council’s Briefholder for Housing, said: “We would like to encourage people or groups who wish to build their own homes, and land owners who might also wish to participate, to register. Self-build is a great way for people to enter or move up in the property market and provide the homes that they desire.”
Cllr Graham Carr-Jones, North Dorset District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Access and Housing, said: “As individual councils, we have already helped in a number of such schemes, and we are looking forward to applying our combined expertise to support local housing market growth. This register will help us to gain an understanding of the level of interest in self-build in the tri-council area.”
Cllr Tim Yarker, West Dorset District Council’s Executive Portfolio Holder for Housing, said: “By registering, local people can look to get on or climb up the property ladder, either by using their own labour, or combining with small building contractors that will ensure a welcome addition to our homes supply.”