2018 could be a pivotal year for the self-build sector – that’s if two initiatives see lift off.
In the Republic of Ireland (ROI) we’re hoping to witness the establishment of a Building Control Authority which would presumably result in local authority inspectors overseeing the key stages of construction, on all building sites.
Self-builders would greatly benefit from getting advice, on site, from an official interpreter of the Building Regulations. However the private member’s bill, expected to be published early in 2018, may not necessarily be passed by the Oireachtas as the government continues to support a self-certification system.
In Northern Ireland (NI), meanwhile, we’d love to see the Right to Build being brought to our shores – it’s a UK government policy that puts the onus on local authorities to ensure there are sufficient plots with planning permission to meet local demand.
Plans are afoot to roll it out in NI but due to the high number of self-builders already busy building their own homes, significant movement seems unlikely. At a grassroots level, we could still see some form of community model emerge, whereby costs are shared by self-builders. A recent example is Grá Tog which is seeking crowd funding.
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