West Oxfordshire District Council holds a Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Register. There is a requirement for 5% of the plots in West Eynsham and at least 5% at the Garden Village to be custom / self-build. The more people who register their interest, the more self build plots could be made available in new developments.
WODC can also offer support for community-led housing schemes. Group schemes such as co-housing can be a cost effective and positive way of living in a supportive community. WODC’s Community & Housing Investment lead Deborah Wyatt is keen to hear from individuals looking for advice and information: email her.
Oxfordshire Community Land Trust, Community First Oxfordshire and Oxfordshire Community Foundation have created a hub which can support community groups across the county to develop their own housing solutions.
At present there are grants available to groups to get them started from the Community Housing Fund. A group can be quite small to apply but the closing date is 31 December, so not much time!