South Norfolk MP’s Housebuilding Bill to become law

Diss, Norfolk. Diss On View at the Park Hotel - opened by Richard Bacon MP with Ed Nottingham and Mike Bardwell ENGANL00120110919112046

Diss, Norfolk. Diss On View at the Park Hotel - opened by Richard Bacon MP with Ed Nottingham and Mike Bardwell ENGANL00120110919112046

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A bill pioneered by South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon intending to make it easier for people to carry out self-build projects is set to become law, after passing through its final reading in Parliament today.

The Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding Bill was granted its final approval in the House of Lords, which agreed to the Third Reading of the Bill, enabling it to go for Royal Assent and become law as the Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015.

When it becomes law, the bill will require each local council to set up a register of individuals and community groups that are interested in obtaining serviced plots of land to build houses and flats for purchase or affordable rental.

Councils would then have to take the register into account when considering issues of planning, housing, regeneration and the disposal of council-owned land.

Mr Bacon said: “I am very grateful to Lord Best for guiding my Bill through the House of Lords with such strong cross-party support.

“This could become “the new normal”, as it is in much of the world.”