Simon Orrells, UKTFA Chairman, welcomes the news that the government is getting serious about supporting self build
The UKTFA welcomes the announcement by Grant Shapps (Housing Minister) to help bring self build to the masses by supporting the National Self Build Association (NaSBA ) report calling for local authorities to gauge the demand for self-build in their area and incorporate it into their local housing targets, with a simplified planning system for self-builders.
Simon Orrells, UKTFA Chairman said “In the UK self build accounts for 10% of new housing when in parts of Europe it is as high as 50%. The main reason is that planners in Europe tend to be more sympathetic to self builders, assisting and simplifying the process of planning. In recognition of the government’s push, the UKTFA formed a special self build committee earlier this year with the objective of helping our members to deliver the right product and service and exploit this opportunity. Many of our members already have a developed self build offer, in most cases acting as facilitators and consultants, not just timber frame providers.
“Timber frame is the build method of choice for many self builders, as the build process is easier to manage, designs can be flexible and easy to evolve from initial ideas, higher levels of the code for sustainable homes can be achieved easier and crucially, self builders recognise and value the long-term benefits of low energy costs for their home. Specifying a self build package from a UKTFA member, also eliminates the risk of a poor quality build, as a condition of membership for all our manufacturing members, they must hold a third party quality assurance standard.”