Further progress for MP Richard Bacon’s self-build bill

Diss, Norfolk. Diss Remembrance Parade from the Mere's Mouth up to St Mary's Church - Richard Bacon MP ANL-140911-195009009
Diss, Norfolk. Diss Remembrance Parade from the Mere's Mouth up to St Mary's Church - Richard Bacon MP ANL-140911-195009009

A bill proposed by South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon which would make it easier for individuals and groups to build their own homes has further progressed.

The bill passed its final stage in the House of Commons earlier this month after MPs agreed to carry out a third reading.

It now goes to the House of Lords where it will be introduced in early February by Lord Richard Best, a housing expert who is President of the Local Government Association and a Cross Bench peer.

The bill places a duty on councils to keep a register of individuals and groups seeking serviced plots. It then requires local authorities to consider this self-build register when considering planning, housing regeneration, and the disposal of land.

Mr Bacon said: “I am delighted that the House of Commons has agreed to the passage of my Bill. There is now a serious prospect of the bill becoming law.

“I am very pleased that Lord Best has kindly agreed to help steer the bill through the House of Lords. Lord Best is a highly respected figure with many years of experience and great expertise in the housing sector.

“I look forward to working with him to secure the passage of the bill through the Upper House.”

n For more information see www.richardbacon.org.uk