26th of April, 2013 Bookmark and Share

Dayle Bayliss, Suffolk’s Young Business Person of the Year, said the county boasts enough redundant land and people with entrepreneurial spirit to lead the way in creating a cost-effective way of delivering housing - but it needs the backing of the local authorities to deliver.

Her comments follow news that a shared ownership scheme has been launched by Orwell Housing Association which is preparing to turn over an area of overgrown scrubland and allotments in Felixstowe into a plot for self-build projects.

Dayle, a chartered building surveyor who runs her own consultancy, said: “Hopefully other groups will follow this example and we will start using such innovative ways to work our way out of the current housing crisis.

“Self build developments offer people a way on to the property ladder without compromise. They can be involved in the design process, make choices on proportions and opt to source materials to suit their budget.

“There are so many pros to self building it is difficult to understand why there is not more of it being done.”

A recent market report found that the number of people building their own homes remains stagnant, suggesting the Government’s self-build drive, kickstarted in 2010, has yet to deliver.

It was former housing minister Grant Shapps who singled out the market as an area requiring investment. A number of initiatives were announced including the introduction of new plots and a £30 million Custom Build Investment Fund.

Dayle continued: “If you ask me it is now up to local authorities to support this at grassroots level.

“They should be looking to pioneer self-build communities by offering up redundant land, setting targets for a certain proportion of new homes to be self builds when allocating sites and treating modest low cost self builds as affordable housing.”

She said Suffolk would be the perfect place to champion the self build phenomenon.

“It is all about being forward-thinking,” she said. “Self build could be a major component in boosting housing stock and stimulating economic recovery – both locally and nationally. I would like to see Suffolk as the county leading the way in the UK.”

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