GLA opens register for London self builders

Londoners wanting to build their own home are being invited to sign up to a new register. The Build Your Own London Home Register will gauge city-wide interest in a programme which could see councils allocate plots of land for small-scale housebuilding across the city. The register will give City Hall a live database that will display the level of interest and demand across London, and help shape future housing policy for the city.

Once the Self Build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015 becomes law later this year, local councils will have a duty to set up their own registers for people looking to acquire land to build a home, and to offer suitable land opportunities. The London register will help provide a model for how these local registers may be run and data can be shared with boroughs directly.

Smaller registers have been running since earlier this year in other parts of the UK, but this is the first chance for Londoners to show their interest. The city-wide register will cover the largest area in the country in terms of size and population and will be run by the Greater London Authority.

Deputy mayor for housing and land, Richard Blakeway, said: “By setting up the Build Your Own Home register, we will be able to gauge how many Londoners are interested in building their own homes. I urge any individuals willing to take on the challenge to sign up.”

The register is at www.london.gov.uk/buildyourownhome.

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