Britain’s grand plan to help citizens own homes

The British government is making it easier for its people to build their own homes.
     The government is exempting self-builders from paying thousands of pounds on a levy charge that must be paid for all new buildings over a certain size.

  At the same time, the British Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has asked local governments to step up efforts to help boost the house-building industry by finding land for housing self-builders.
     Planning minister Nick Boles says he is determined to help families who aspire to self-build and create their dream home.
     Self-build homes are often cheaper, greener, more affordable and more innovatively designed than standard market housing.
     "We urgently need to build more homes and now is the time for councils to act and earmark areas that encourage people to buy a plot of land and get a builder to build them a home," Boles said on May 7, during the country’s National Self-build week.
     Housing Minister Mark Prisk also asked councils to support aspiring self-builders in their areas by considering their needs as they develop local plans.
    "We are determined to ensure anyone who wants to build their own home to have the opportunity to do so, which is why we have made 44 million pounds available to help get their self-build projects off the ground," he said.
     The self-build industry turns over approximately 3.6 billion pounds a year, protects and creates thousands of new construction jobs and boosts local economies, said the DCLG. (Xinhua)