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Branston Site Set Aside for Self-Build Project

Thousands of Britons who are trying to get onto the property ladder could soon receive the opportunity to design and build their own homes.

The East Staffordshire Borough Council is looking into the possibility of putting together a self-build project that could allow people to design and build properties using a new scheme.

Council members approved the scheme as part of the corporate plan for the coming year. Lynwood Road in Branston, which is council-owned, has been earmarked as the project location.

In a report supplied to members, Cllr Patricia Ackroyd predicted that the coming years will see substantial growth in housing supply, in accordance with the East Staffordshire Local Plan that was approved in the fall of 2015.

Ms. Ackroyd said that the council has decided to contribute its own land at Lynwood Road for self-build plots, as part of its pledge to deliver homes on brownfield sites. She confirmed that the plots will be fully serviced and made available to those who want to design and build their own home.

A report detailing how the project will be carried out has a scheduled publication date of autumn 2016, and the first plots should be up for sale by the spring of 2017.

An initial sale price of £90,000 per plot has been established, using the value of similar sites and the cost of the average detached house.

The Lynwood Road site had previously been valued at £960,000 when its anticipated use was for social housing, but now, given the new intended purpose, it could be worth £1.89 million.

Cllr Sonia Andjelkovic, in discussing plans for the project, asked whether the price per plot could be lowered to assist first-time buyers in acquiring their own home.

Cllr Ackroyd replied that the prices were based on an accurate valuation, but the council would take note of the question and possibly consider lowering the sale prices for first-time buyers.

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The council laid out a series of potential benefits that included an increase in available local housing, adding diversity to the mix of housing options, supporting the local economy, and elevating the potential for affordable housing in East Staffordshire.

However, several potential setbacks were reviewed, including concerns over what would happen if a builder breached an agreement and did not complete a project, which could hinder the growth of the development.

There were also concerns about the amount of time that could potentially be involved in getting the Staffordshire County Council to approve and adopt any road changes.

People also expressed worry that the project income to the council might turn out to be less than anticipated, resulting in lower profits for the authority.

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