Self-build register open for business

​Date:15/11/2016

Ref: PR8405

An online register for people in the Wakefield district who are interested in building their own home is now open for business.

The self-build register allows anyone thinking about building their own home, or getting involved in a community custom-build project, to log their details with Wakefield Council.

The register also allows people to let the Council know what type of project would-be-builders are interested in, their knowledge, experience and preferred locations.

In June, the Council launched the Wakefield Builds initiative which aims to increase the choice and quality of homes in the district, by unlocking stalled sites and working with smaller and medium sized builders and self-builders.

The information provided will allow the Council to track demand for self-build and custom-build homes across the city.

By understanding the needs of those who want to build their own homes in the Wakefield district, the Council can tailor support and provide guidance.

Cllr Denise Jeffery, Wakefield Council's Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Skills, said: "Self-build is an option that some people are considering as one of the routes into home ownership.

"Although we are unable to provide development sites, I'd ask anyone who is thinking of doing this to join the register. This will help us to understand the levels of interest in self-build in the area, so that we can provide expert advice.

"It will also help us to take this into account when planning our future housing strategy and support the objectives of the Wakefield Builds campaign, to increase the number of homes available and to give people a greater choice."

The register can be found at www.wakefield.gov.uk/selfbuild