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Update 4/15

Date: 17/3/2015

The members e-bulletin for March 2015 is now available: click here

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Breaking News ...

... proposals to require local authorities to hold registers of people looking for plots of land to build their own homeson took a step forward in Parliament this week.

The House of Lords has approved a third reading of South Norfolk Conservative MP Richard Bacon's Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding Bill. This means the Bill - seen as the first legislative step in the government's Right to Build initiative - only requires Royal Assent before becoming an Act of Parliament.

Bacon's private members' bill will require councils to keep a register of individuals and community groups who have expressed an interest in acquiring land to bring forward self-build and custom-build projects and to take account of and make provision for the interests of those on such registers in developing their housing initiatives and their local plans; to allow volume house builders to include self-build and custom-build projects as contributing towards their affordable housing obligations, when in partnership for this purpose with a Registered Social Landlord; and for connected purposes.

 >> read the Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding Bill



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