At the recent Right to Build Expo in Exeter, Teignbridge District Council announced that it would be piloting a new evidence tool for assessing long-term demand for Custom and Self Build, in partnership with its GESP (Greater Exeter Strategic Plan) Partners.
Developed by the Right to Build Task Force and planning consultancy Three Dragons, the new tool offers an additional source of demand to supplement the Right to Build registers. The tool will provide a long-term evidence base to complement the short-term picture created by local demand for plots under the Government’s Right to Build legislation.
The new tool enables local authorities to effectively measure demand on a longer timescale and make informed decisions to plan more effectively for the provision of serviced building plots, as required by national planning policy.
The Greater Exeter sub-region trialling the tool includes East Devon District Council, Exeter City Council, Mid Devon County Council, Devon County Council and Teignbridge DC, which will help inform the preparation of the Greater Exeter Strategic Plan.
The evidence tool provides estimates of demand for Custom and Self-build by housing market area, with outputs summarised in a report. This includes:
Teignbridge District Council is a leader in Custom and Self Build, having been at the forefront of innovative policy to support the sector since it was awarded Vanguard Council status for Custom and Self Build in 2014.
The council is engaging with more in-depth work with the Task Force, as it works to create more opportunities and Custom and Self-build projects across its local area.
Cllr Jeremy Christophers (pictured), Teignbridge District Council Leader and Deputy Task Force Ambassador said: “As a Deputy Task Force Ambassador, my role is to help people understand and embrace the benefits of Custom and Self Build.
“This means Teignbridge is perfectly placed to be able to pilot the Demand Assessment Tool as a way to help more people live in homes they have built themselves.
“I’m delighted to be involved. The tool is great news for Teignbridge and will help us plan more effectively for Custom and Self Build demand over a longer time period.
Mario Wolf, Director of the Right to Build Task Force, said “I am delighted that Teignbridge District Council and the GESP team have begun to work with us and our partners Three Dragons to further accelerate its ambitious local programme to support more local people to build their own homes.”
The announcement was made by Cllr Jeremy Christophers, Leader of the council who took the lead on the Right To Build Expo. The rest of the day included a range of inspirational key-note speakers, with a series of Master Classes in the afternoon providing drill-down content into a range of issues surrounding the implementation of the Right to Build.
Richard Bacon MP, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Self Build, Custom and Community Housebuilding and Placemaking and Ambassador for the Task Force, who also spoke on the day said: “It was a pleasure to speak at the Right to Build Expo Exeter, and to learn about the exciting plans which Teignbridge District Council has to work with the Right to Build Task Force on Custom and Self Build.
“Since it implemented its 5% rule for plots on large sites, Teignbridge has been an innovator in its work for the sector, and it’s great to see the council building on this with this announcement.”