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Council backing self-built homes in Brighton
The public is being urged to build the city out of the housing crisis.
Brighton and Hove City Council wants to help those inspired by the TV show Grand Designs to create their dream home.
The local authority said it was looking at good examples of “self- built” homes and would be “very supportive” of planning applications from DIY-ers.
A council spokesman said “advice would be given” and added the council was likely to be “sympathetic” at planning meetings.
He said small patches of land, which bigger developers were not keen on buying, were perfect for self-built homes.
It added that “Grand Design” homes were factored into the city’s housing strategy.
The spokesman said: “We are open to exploring with funders, individuals and local communities where there are appropriate sites and there have been good examples of this in recent years including those features on the TV show ‘Grand Designs’.
“It is more challenging where construction is more complex, such as with flatted development, and we will need to be mindful of making the most of every site in terms of the homes we can produce for the city, such as sites which have good public transport links and can sustain higher densities of housing.
“That said, custom builds are part of the housing supply picture for the city.”
In a report to be presented to a housing committee meeting, the council wrote: “In identifying vacant sites with development potential, we will consider whether there are any opportunities which could be offered for self-builds rather than council housing.”
There are currently a number of self-built, eco-style homes in Brighton and Hove.
Jason Thawley and his partner Sarah built their own home in Hartington Road, Elm Grove, Brighton.
Mr Thawley said: “I studied engineering at university so I’ve always been interested in putting stuff together.
“We were looking for some- where affordable to live and I had been experimenting with eco- friendly products at work, so decided to draw up some plans.”
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