February 1 2015 Latest news:
By lucy clapham
Saturday, March 22, 2014
Residents who hope to one day build their own home could see their dreams come true under a tentative council scheme.
Plots of land at Beacon Park in Gorleston could be released as DIY plots, that would see people design and construct their own home.
The scheme is being considered by Great Yarmouth Borough Council, which owns 24 acres of land on the site, some of which has been earmarked for residential development.
And while some of the land could be set aside for social and private housing, another section could be divided into self-build plots.
Bernard Williamson, cabinet member for transformation and regeneration, said DIY homes were common on the continent - particularly in Austria and Germany - and providing the opportunity for Great Yarmouth residents could offer a more affordable option for people wanting to move up the property ladder.
“It takes out the profit the developer would make. It gives people, who want to move from a smaller house to the next stage, the opportunity to do that at a much cheaper rate.
“On the open market that gap may be too high for you to fund through a mortgage,” he added.
“There’s a great need for social housing and for more council housing but there’s also a great need for the private market to have houses that are affordable.”
Under the scheme people would buy their own plot and then apply for permission to build their house through the usual planning route.
Mr Williamson stressed the DIY-build idea was in its infancy and just being investigated at this stage, as the council discussed the best way to develop the housing element of Beacon Park.
He added: “It’s something that hasn’t been done in this area for at least 25 years. We feel it’s a really viable scheme and it gives people a range of choice.”