Self-build in the UK and Netherlands: mainstreaming self-development to address housing shortages?

M. G. Lloyd (Lead / Corresponding author), D. Peel, L. B. Janssen-Jansen

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    This paper examines approaches to self or custom-build in the Netherlands and the UK to offer comparative insights into self- and custom-built housing contexts and cultures, and specifically, the relationships with local and strategic planning arrangements.The paper reviews arguments for self-build as a means to address housing shortages and examines the evidence of completions in practice. It positions the discussion in light of arguments that self-build can become a mainstream source of housing provision. The paper critically considers the role of think tanks in advocating housing policy solutions. Adopting a social constructionist perspective, the paper examines the work of the National Self-Build Association which has devised and implemented an action plan to promote the growth of self-build housing in the UK.
    Almere, which is located east of Amsterdam, is one of the case studies explored to inform thinking around self-build in the devolved UK. The conclusions tease out some of the implications for democratic and technocratic arguments around self development and the right to design and build one’s home.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)19-31
    Number of pages13
    JournalUrban, Planning and Transport Research
    Issue number1
    Early online date13 Dec 2014
    Publication statusPublished - 2015


    • land use planning
    • self-build
    • policy
    • think tanks
    • UK
    • Netherlands


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