People who plan to build own homes in South Cambridgeshire are one step closer to their Grand Design dreams

PUBLISHED: 17:02 15 July 2015

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People looking to build their own home in South Cambridgeshire - including 29 in Crow country - have been given extra support as part of a scheme that looks to match prospective self-builders with sites.

An online register to collect details of sites available and people wanting to self-build was launched last year after the area was selected to pilot plans – and the decision by councillors last week will see the scheme continue.

An improved register will be introduced, which will help bring groups of households who want to custom build homes together.

This model sees people work together to split costs and uncertainties among them.

Anyone looking to build their own home will still need to go through the same planning application process.

Councillor Tim Wotherspoon, responsible for strategic planning at South Cambridgeshire District Council, said: “Finance and land availability are two big barriers for people, particularly those with modest budgets, but we are looking to remove some of those with our commitment.”

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