Brits must become a nation of 'self-builders'

Eric Pickles: Brits must take inspiration from Grand Designs and become a nation of 'self-builders'

Britain must become a country where people take inspiration from television programmes like Grand Designs and build their own homes to stop Nimbys protesting about development in rural areas, Eric Pickles has suggested.

The Communities and Local Government Secretary said he will turn the UK into a “nation of self-builders” by offering subsidies and tax breaks to people who create their own home.

The UK must become like countries including Austria, Belgium and Sweden, which “reward” people who choose to build their own property, Mr Pickles said.

He said that helping tens of thousands of people to build their own homes will stop “homogeneous, pasteurised housing” being built across the country.

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