Local projects self and custom build housing projects to benefit from national fund

Projects from across Scotland are to share £160,000 to take forward self and custom build housing initiatives.

The Self and Custom Build Challenge Fund will support seven pilot projects in Argyll and Bute, Perth and Kinross, Highland, Glasgow and Edinburgh that will look into the feasibility of creating more self or custom built homes.

The projects will consider how the delivery of homes through custom building projects can be expanded; the provision of information and support to those leading their own build, and also explore how more plots can be made available.

Housing minister Kevin Stewart said: “Self and custom build properties are an innovative alternative in housing and I am delighted we have been able to fund these projects, going above and beyond our original aims.

“As the successful projects show, self and custom builds can provide new ways to deliver affordable housing, ensure homes are tailored to individual needs, and regenerate previously disused sites to breathe new life into communities – particularly in remote and rural areas.

“Support for self and custom builds is just one step we are taking to boost the availability of housing, and ensuring that it meets the needs of people and communities across Scotland.”

Applications to the fund opened in December 2017. Originally set at £90,000, a further £70,000 has been made available as a result of the number and strength of applications.

More information on the self and custom build challenge fund is available online.

The successful projects include:

Project Organisation Funding
Former Primary School site, Lochgilphead

Creation of a brochure of house types that would comply with the simplified planning zone (SPZ) scheme and promotional marketing campaign involving a video and community engagement.

Argyll & Bute Council £16,225
Perth West

Produce a development strategy to look at the feasibility and funding options to offer affordable self/ custom build home plots.

Fergus Purdie Architects, with Perth & Kinross Council £12,750

Planning and delivery of sites and a marketing strategy to support self and custom built homes.

Highland Small Communities Housing Trust £30,000

Guidance on self and custom build planning and delivery.

Assemble Collective Self Build CIC £14,800
Dundashill, Glasgow

Creation of marketing strategy for custom build development and engagement with off-site manufacturing sector to consider opportunities for on-site custom build.

Scottish Canals and Igloo Regeneration £24,845
Perth West housing allocation

Research to explore how custom build can be improved for wider use.

Ristol Consulting £22,000

Establish a delivery model to facilitate custom build at scale, with emphasis on low carbon homes.

University of Edinburgh and Boydell Architecture £26,080