Council wins funding to support self-build homes

Six-figure grant to help DIY homebuilders make use of derelict land across Enfield

(credit Josh Olalde via Unsplash
The concept of self-build has been popularised by the TV show Grand Designs but is now being made accessible to people not yet on the housing ladder (credit Josh Olalde via Unsplash)

Enfield Council has been given a £628,000 grant to make derelict land available for the construction of 56 new homes – by people who want to become self-builders.

The funding has been granted by One Public Estate (OPE), which is a national programme delivered in partnership by the Local Government Association and Office of Government Property, within the Cabinet Office.

Eight derelict sites across the borough have been earmarked for the project. The money will be spent on site clearance, demolition of existing garages and improving access to make the land easier to develop for self-builders who are not yet on the housing ladder.

The OPE programme provides practical, technical support and funding to central and local government to deliver property-led programmes, which includes bringing surplus public land forward for housing. Twelve other local authorities will join Enfield Council in sharing a total of £8million to build new homes in their respective boroughs.

Council leader Nesil Caliskan said: “We are delighted to be awarded essential funding for new homes for our residents in the more deprived areas of the borough, which will help to address local inequality.

“We are committed to improving the quality of life for our residents. This funding will create more opportunities for people who are locked out of the housing market. As a local authority we are working hard to tackle housing shortages and increase the supply of affordable homes to meet a range of needs.”

The derelict sites earmarked are in Chase (eight homes), Cockfosters (ten), Enfield Highway (twelve), Grange (four), Ponders End (four), Southbury (four), Southgate Green (four) and Southgate (ten) wards.

The news comes shortly after a custom-build developer, Naked Homes, won permission to build eight homes in Enfield Lock which will be sold without interior decoration or finishings at below market rate.