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Housing: Construction

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 3 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has to improve accessibility to plots of land for use by self-builders. (252933)

Applications for self-build development will be considered by the local planning authority in line with the policies in their local development framework. There are no plans to issue further policy or guidance. In order to provide information about what surplus public sector sites are available for development the Homes and Communities Agency is proposing to establish a small sites programme whereby developers and self-builders will be made aware about the release of former public sector sites on to the market. This programme is not yet fully developed but in advance of this details for some small sites to be auctioned in mid February by the Homes and Communities Agency will be released on their website shortly. Details of small sites recently taken to the market by the Homes and Communities Agency's predecessor, English Partnership, can be accessed through this web address:

http://www.englishpartnerships.co.uk/smallsites.htm