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In the past few weeks we’ve seen the launch of a new draft National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), which contains a couple of useful nuggets for those of us keen to self-build. First up is a subtle change in definition; the NPPF now states councils should consider the needs of people ‘wishing to commission or build their own homes’ when setting out their planning policies.

That word ‘commission’ is a welcome addition. I’d estimate that less than 10% of selfbuilders actually carry out significant works themselves; most will leave things to the professionals and – if they want to get involved – take on the project management. Ultimately, as Build It has been pointing out for many years (see www.self-build.co.uk/what-self-build), the journey is really about people being able to specify every detail that goes into their schemes. Self-builders want to create high-quality homes that suit their lifestyle and give them maximum value for money. It’s this control that sets this route apart from buying a ready-made, off -plan house from a big developer.

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In the May edition of Build It magazine, you'll find a wealth of inspiration and advice for your self-build, renovation or extension project, including: - Cover house: A traditional-style new home on a garden plot (p20) - Kitchen design ideas (p72) - Does solar battery storage make sense? (p74) - Driveway design ideas (p80) - Complete guide to loft conversions (p 84) - Modern glazed extensions (p98) - How to keep your project on budget (p110)
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