05 Jul 2017

East Northamptonshire Council signs up to Right To Build Task Force

East Northamptonshire Council signs up to Right To Build Task Force

East Northamptonshire has become the second authority to sign up for advice from NaCSBA’s Right To Build Task Force. It will be partnering with the Task Force to review how self- and custom build housing can be brought on in the region.

In particular, it will be focussing on the potential for custom homes at Tresham Garden Village, and will also be advising the North Northamptonshire Joint Planning Unit on its ambition to bring forward custom build and self-build in the wider area.

This could potentially include opportunities in Corby, East Northamptonshire, Kettering and Wellingborough, including six identified Sustainable Urban Extensions. These, collectively, have the potential for over 20,000 homes.

Andrew Longley, Head of the North Northamptonshire Joint Planning Unit, said: “We and our partners have significant housing growth ambitions across North Northamptonshire.

“We see considerable potential for custom and self build housing to be part of the new housing mix. We look forward to receiving expert advice from the Right to Build Task Force about the optimum size, location and approach to its delivery.”

East Northamptonshire is the second partner to sign up to the Task Force, following on from Buckinghamshire Advantage. The Task Force also recently appointed Mario Wolf as director.

Editor’s comment

It’s great to see the Right To Build Task Force engaging with authorities. Councils hold the key to helping custom build reach scale, and the Task Force is a vital tool in helping this happen. It’s able to share best practice, showcase successes and help navigate issues such as affordability and working in tandem with volume builders.

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