According to a report commissioned by the Prime Minister, the housing crisis should be tackled by encouraging Britons to build their own homes.
It warns that the country risks becoming two nations, with the young unable to get on the housing ladder while those in mid-life add to their buy to let portfolio.
The report’s author, Tory MP Richard Bacon, said the solution was to build as many as 40,000 self-commissioned homes a year.
This would overcome the housing deficit, while the improvement in design criteria would make it less likely locals would object to new homes nearby.
Richard Bacon said that they need to build more and better homes and that custom and self-build could better achieve this, by putting customers and their choices back at the heart of the process.
He said that when customers come first, they would see more homes built that are better designed, better built and greener, which cost less to run, and that would be cordially welcomed by their communities, and that the review sets out a road map for how they can accomplish this much-needed change.
Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick welcomed the report, and he said that as they build back better they want to help more people build their own home, making it an opportunity for thousands who’ve not considered it or ruled it out before.
And he said that this would help more people get onto the housing ladder, and ensure that homes accommodate people’s requirements while providing a significant boost to small builders and businesses.
Mr Bacon’s reviews said what’s known as the Custom and Self Build sector could deliver between 30,000 and 40,000 more homes every year, and that many could be built in weeks and are better designed, built to the highest environmental standards and could lead to cheaper household bills.
The Government wants to make home building a mainstream, realistic and affordable opportunity for people across the country, and ministers have now committed £150 million for the Help to Build scheme which will enable home builders to borrow money with lower deposits.
Mr Bacon said England was in danger of becoming two nations, one in which an entire generation struggles to find somewhere to live, while the other adds to its buy to let portfolio, and he called for muscular state action by establishing a Custom and Self Build Delivery Unit within the Government’s Homes England body to make plots of land with planning permission available everywhere.
For goodness sake, there’s a housing crisis. Have the government not realised this yet, and this idea might be great, but of course, they will all go to the immigrant crisis – they won’t struggle, but those who were born here in the United Kingdom, will be the ones that will suffer.
What we need to do is to be far more stringent with the limit of immigration, wherever they’re hailing from because the truth is that we’re building over our small island at a genuinely worrying ever-accelerating rate.
Over 50 per cent of the country is now spoiled by industry, pollutants and infrastructure et cetera, not forgetting the noise pollution associated with such. Then compare that to a figure of about just 25 per cent back in the 1960s.
If we continue to build from now until forever, inevitably there will come a point when the majority of, if not all, our children will never know the pleasures of experiencing nature or the countryside.
And of course, quality of life is very important indeed with regards to the basic well being of a population and equally essential to the very fabric of a harmonious and healthy nation, of which, nature, meaning genuinely unspoilt, healthy countryside, is one of the most important factors of all.