8 June 2012

Housing Minister Grant Shapps has made an ‘out of the blue’ announcement to look into scrapping CILs charges for self builders, in response to calls by the National Self Build Association (NaSBA).

The government’s proposed Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL), which is due to come into force sometime  in late 2013, could add significant costs to any self build budget, but Shapps latest decision could offer a reprieve for many.


During a visit to Europe’s largest self build project at Almere in The Netherlands yesterday, 14 May, the Minister clearly stated his plans to ‘look into’ a way to reduce the impact of CILs on self builders, with particular attention given to the guidelines given to local councils.

Early indications show that the government would encourage councils to make self builders a ‘special case’. We’ll keep you updated on any progress with the legislation.

Housing Minister Grant Shapps speaking about looking into how self-builders could be excluded from the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).

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