​Is self-build the answer to tackling the housing crisis?

Paul Smith CROP

With 6 million Britons interested in building their own home, initiatives are just starting to cater to this market

Delivering the 300,000 homes a year that the government has targeted to start addressing the housing crisis is a massive ask. That level of development hasn’t been achieved since the 1960s and 1970s – and not at all in the last 40 years.

Private developers were responsible for just over half of completions in that period, compared with around 80% today – one of the reasons the government has looked at encouraging a range of different types of housing development, seeking to reduce the dependence on a few, large housebuilders.

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