Chance to build your dream home in Pendle

Judith Stockton, Senior Regeneration Officer and Coun. Asjad Mahmood, who has responsibility for Pendle Councils housing. (S)
Judith Stockton, Senior Regeneration Officer and Coun. Asjad Mahmood, who has responsibility for Pendle Councils housing. (S)

Would-be homeowners who want to design their dream home from top to bottom now have the chance to do so with an innovative initiative.

Pendle Council will soon be releasing five individual plots of land for sale for people who want to build their own property, allowing people the opportunity to truly put their own stamp on the place they call home.

In 2014, Pendle was selected as one of 11 areas nationwide to take part in a government initiative called Right to Build.

That new initiative aims to help residents seeking to build their own home, by encouraging councils to identify suitable land in their ownership which can be better used.

Last year Pendle Council created a self-build and custom housebuilding register to establish the level of interest from residents, the types of houses they would like to build and the preferred locations of those houses.

And it’s now set to release five large plots in a pleasant residential area of Nelson, south of Barkerhouse Road in between Tweed Street and Bamford Street.

But only those who have joined the register are eligible to buy one of the plots which are all suitable for three or four bedroom detached properties with generous gardens.

The council is now urging anyone who is interested in receiving information about the plots to get on the register as soon as possible.

Coun. Asjad Mahmood, who has responsibility for the council’s housing, said: “If you’re interested in receiving information about the plots available now, or would like to register your interest in building or commissioning your own home in another part of Pendle, please get on the register.

“Being on the register doesn’t guarantee that a suitable plot will be identified in your preferred area, but it does mean that we can inform you of the opportunities as they arise and understand the demand for self-build in the borough.”

Judith Stockton, Senior Regeneration Officer at the council, praised the scheme and the chances it creates.

She added: “The lack of suitable sites has been highlighted as a real barrier to self-build.

“It’s really exciting to be able to give residents who dream of building their own home the opportunity to do so.

“Custom and self-build homes are often innovatively designed and can be cheaper, greener and more affordable than standard market housing.”

Would-be builders can get on the register by completing a simple form on the council’s website at www.pendle.gov.uk/righttobuild