August 2017

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Published on 24 August 2017

Teignbridge Council leader joins expert team to support Self Build housing

Teignbridge District Council's leader, Cllr Jeremy Christophers, has joined the National Custom and Self Build Association’s (NaCSBA) Task Force as an expert ambassador to help boost and integrate Custom and Self Build housing across the UK.

The announcement was made last week during a visit to see progress at Graven Hill, Bicester, the UK’s largest Custom and Self Build housing development to date. Graven Hill is a council-led scheme and will comprise up to 1,900 homes. Cllr Jeremy Christophers joins NaCSBA’s founder Ted Stevens OBE and Cllr Barry Wood from Cherwell on the team to support Richard Bacon MP to champion the work of the Task Force at a political and community level.

Cllr Jeremy Christophers said:

"It’s a huge honour to be invited to become a Deputy Ambassador. I am delighted to accept this post, which will involve taking important messages about self build to councils, groups and individuals everywhere I travel.

“With increasing interest in custom and self-build, councils and planning authorities have a strong role to play in helping people find land, overcome challenges and get timely advice from the experts. Team Teignbridge’s trail-blazing dedication and achievements over the past 5 years is now paying dividends, with real progress now being made in laying the foundations to create a custom and self build revolution.

“Teignbridge is nationally recognised as a leading authority on custom and self build. As well as being a Right to Build Vanguard, our ground-breaking Teignbridge Rule requires plots for custom and self build homes are made available as part of the mix on all large development sites, to small rural exception sites for affordable, sustainable self build homes for local people who are otherwise priced out of the housing market.

“In recognition of this ground-breaking work, in 2016 Teignbridge won the Build-It Award for Best Council for Custom and Self/Custom Builders and was shortlisted by the Local Government Chronicle awards for innovation regarding its pioneering ‘Teignbridge Rule’ policy on custom and self build.”

Richard Bacon MP, who initiated the Right to Build legislation said:

“Custom and Self Build housing will only become mainstream if local authorities and other organisations show real leadership and truly harness the Right to Build. I welcome my fellow ambassadors and invite them to help me engage with our local authority colleagues to change the way our broken housing market works and enable thousands more people to build their own homes.”