Government to eye custom-build housing for 2019

The government will heavily advocate custom-build housing as a way of increasing the housing supply in 2019, according to Lloyds Banking Group head of housing development Douglas Cochrane.

Cochrane was speaking at a new build and housing delivery seminar at the Financial Services Expo today, where he pointed out that 90,000 people are already registered as being interested in housing of this type.

Custom housing describes the process whereby budding house owners either choose design variables from a menu of options, or design a house entirely themselves, to be raised in a plot of land surrounded by pre-built infrastructure. The most eminent example of this is the Graven Hill project, in Oxfordshire.

Cochrane said: “The concept behind this is to create an entry-level type of self-build. This is not necessarily something out of Grand Designs but a project which will allow people to buy a plot to potentially dial up two or three different property types and have one actually constructed on that particular plot.

“This would be controlled though the planning system, but there is a certainly lots more to come on this topic.”

In July the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee recommended the use of off-site manufacture as one way of increasing housing supply.

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