govt self build report summarised
james36army at yahoo.com
Thu Oct 9 22:42:09 BST 2008
Arrived to-day with 179 pages and twenty annexes,From james A. summary of text
HOMEBUILDING IN THE U.K. (Report and 20 annexes!)
A Market Study, September, 2008
Office of Fair Trading 1020
Executive Study, Key Findings :
1.6 …little evidence of competition problems with the delivery of new homes in the U.K.
1.7 no evidence of using market power or that they ( national housebuildersd ) are able to restrict supply or inflate prices.
1.9 Small homebuilders and individuals building their own homes will build on smaller sites….
Without self builders some sites would remain undeveloped. The UK lags behind other countries in htenumber oifd self build projects… it is important to maintain a vibrant s-b sector.
1.16 Foillowing organisations are now committed to a code of conduct…. H B F, NHBC, Fed of Master Builders.
1.18 Four years ago Barker called on the industry to develop a code of conduct…….(now) absence of any code..
1.19 … if industry fails… recommend immedate intervention…
1.20 proposed community infrastructure payments ( CIL) for small homebuilders (but) timing of payment…
1.23 with a view to maximising output we recommend that local authorities should consider the possibility that group self build could deliver a healthjy portiuon of new houisng .
1.24 Local Authorities should be encouraged to make publicly owned land available to an 'enabler' who will control the overal design of the site, divide it into suitable plots and plan necessary infrastructure allowing people building their own homes to develop these plots.
4.96 A category of development that may face significant barriers to entry is self build. The Calcutt Review highlighted the significance of the s-b sub sector. It is estimated to account for up to ten percent of new production. But found that housing policies tended to neglect this category of development., in particular the Calcutt Review raised the issue of access to land. The Calcutt Review recommended LPA's and government agencies disposing of land do more to ensure that small plots of land are made available to self builders.
4.97 S-B is rightly or wrongly seen as a radical option fraught with potential npitfals. Stories of failed self build projects are not hard to come by. Nevertheless , according to a survey by the Norwich and Peterborough Building Society up to 70 per cent of the public at some point consider building their own home.
4.98 UK Levels of s-b are far below the levels seen in Japan, Germany and France. Self Builders typically report much greater levels of satisfaction with their home than homebuyers of speculative built homes. .. it seems clear that an invigorated self build secor to the homebuilding market could deliver improved satisfaction and also greater output, by making nerw build homes ore affordable and potentially accessing development sites overlooked by other homebulders. We discuss sle fbuilding in ore depth in
Remedies (Consumer detriment remedies)
7.24 Smaller homebuilders and self builders are an extremely important source of supply of new homes They account for some 32% of overall homebuilding (see chart 3.2) and typically work with smaller sites that are not efficient for larger builders . Retaining smaller homebuilders and selfbuilders in the industry
is likley to support the Government' overall targets.
7.25 To that extent we recommend that CLG and the Welsh Assembly Government ensure that they fully consider the needs of smaller homebuilders and self builders and that appropriate measures are put in place to ensure that smaller homebuilders and self builders have access to the necessary technologies to deliver zero carbon.
7.28 The smallest homebuiders working with the smallest plots will be assisted by delaying CIL until construction of a home is complete.
ENABLED SELF BUILDING
7.29 …we estimate that self bulding in all its forms accounts for approximatelt 16,000 new homes everyt year(see Annexe R) this accounts for Approximately 10% of new home output… (yet) it falls below the levels of self bulding seen in France, Germany and Japan.
7.29 Self building can make homes more affordable . Much s-b is about reducing costs rather than designing dream homes, and , by removing the need for a homebuilders margin, many self builders can save up to a third of the price of a similar home on the open market.
7.30 There are however significant knowledge barriers to self building…..Enabled self building can make self building more accessible by providing 'oven ready ' plots with infrastructure and planning permissions to be develped under the guidance of a project/site manager.
7.32 we recommend that local authorities consider whether land within their land portfolio which is suitable for development could be used for enabled self building to deliver more affordable housing within their communities.
CHART 3.2 Total number of homes built by size of homebuilder, 2006
2,000 units + 80,000
self build 16,000
Source NHBC New housebuilding statistics.
(total new housebuild 188,000)
END OF SUMMARY by James Armstrong Dorchester Sept 08
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