Welsh Government launches £210m fund for self build home projects

A new fund is now available to encourage self build home projects in Wales.

By Hugh Metcalf | 4 March 2020

A new scheme has been announced to help people build their own homes in Wales, boosting the Welsh construction industry at the same time. 

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Image: Rob Hodgson and Kay Ralph only bought the plot for Cefn Castell in West Wales when a property purchase fell through due to the financial crash, but fell in love with plot’s view over Cardigan Bay. 

The Welsh Government has unveiled a new initiative to incentivise self-building of homes in the country. Self Build Wales is a £210 million fund managed by the Development Bank of Wales which aims not only to grow the housing supply and remove the barriers to custom builds, but also to provide new opportunities for small and medium sized Welsh builders.

Deputy Minister for Housing, Hannah Blythyn explained: “While we are investing significantly in building new social and affordable homes, we also want to help far more people who want to build their own homes – doing so should not be the preserve of the most privileged households.”

When it comes to building your own house, there’s a perception that a project is difficult to source a plot for, plan and finance, however the new scheme looks to break down these self-build myths. The scheme provides ‘oven ready’ plots that are suitable for self-builds, and loans will only be available on these pre-agreed plots.