So we\’ve this lovely piece on self-build housing.
Building costs in Almere vary depending on how much the buyers do themselves, but she says they average from €800 per sq m to €1,800. That\’s around £72,000-£160,000 for someone wanting the same sort of floorspace as the typical British three-bed semi (around 105 sq m).
Yup, that\’s about right. Have done something with very similar sums down here. Although 105 sq m is pretty bloody small as floor space for a 3 bed house (ie, two floors). In fact it\’s tiny.
However, here\’s where they go off the rails:
Keeping homes affordable is key to the Homeruskwartier project, which means creating plots for self-build flats as well as houses. Tellinga cites one group of 25 individuals who built a block of flats. Including the plot and building, the cost of each flat was just £69,000, without any subsidy. Cutting out the developer\’s profit – and those expensive marketing suites – saves a small fortune.
No, that\’s not what reduces the costs, not at all.
Deon Lombard, an architect from Twickenham, is sceptical that the Dutch approach will work in Britain because of the \”stranglehold, inherent conservatism and lack of vision in the British planning system\”.
His own repeated attempts at self-build have fallen foul of Richmond upon Thames planners and the Planning Inspectorate, leaving his plot of land, purchased in 2001 in the hope of building a family home, lying fallow.
They are comparing the cost of building a house once you have managed to gain planning permission with hte cost of a house including the cost of having to gain planning permission.
And, as we know, planning permission has a scarcity value.
So, if you really wanted to make self-build part of the solution (and why not?) what you would do is simply say that if you\’ve a plot of land that\’s roughly around and about where we\’d be happy for someone to build a house (ie, not in the middle of Hyde Park) and you own that piece of land, well, get on with it then. Have fun.
Ah, yes, silly me, I\’d forgotten. That is what the Coalition is trying to move towards (however hesitantly) and My God aren\’t people screaming about it?