Thanks to the extension of a council scheme, 75 more families will get the opportunity to build their own homes.
Two years ago, Stoke-on-Trent City Council sold six Penkhull plots allocated for self-build purposes, and the final home is close to being completed.
Now the council is prepared to offer at least 75 more plots on three new self-build locations in Stoke-on-Trent.
Over 350 people have registered their interest in self-build and custom-build projects in the city.
The local authority’s initiative is one of eleven Right to Build Vanguard schemes in place around the UK.
After visiting the Penkhull Farm development, Housing Minister Brandon Lewis said that the Government intends to double the amount of self-build opportunities to 20,000 annually by 2020.
He added that there is a vast number of people who want to be given the opportunity to build their own home, and the Government wants to make it easier for them to do so.
Mr Lewis said that they want a major change in the way homebuying is regarded in the UK. At one time, anyone who wanted to buy a new-build property would select a plot on a development and be told what type of home would be built on it.
“If you were lucky you'd be able to choose the colour of the door,” he added.
The Penkhull self-build scheme drew a lot more interest than expected, generating high demand, and at auction the plots earned £591,000 for the city council.
The council created new utility service, access, and drainage connections to ensure that the site would be ‘shovel ready’ for buyers out to construct their dream homes.