Self-builders set sights on Olympic Park

Published:  15 April, 2013

Self-builders are bidding for plots to erect DIY homes in the shadow of sporting venues on London's Olympic Park.

Twenty households from East London have indicated interest in sites for up to 100 homes that could be released close to the former handball arena by the government agency with responsibility for the Olympics legacy.

The group has responded to the London Legacy Development Corporation's (LLDC) call for expressions of interest from potential self-builders, as part of plans to build up to 8,000 houses on vacated sites.

The scheme is part of the Government's efforts to boost the self-build sector as a way of helping tackle the housing shortage. The number of households is expected to grow by an average of 232,000 a year in the next two decades, and 146,420 homes were built in the last financial year.

Last week, the housing minister Mark Prisk announced £14m in grants over two years to fund preparation works to get self-build schemes on site.

Self-build and co-housing schemes have recently opened in Leeds and near Lancaster, and Bristol is exploring the possibility of creating more opportunities.

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