DIY homes should be made easier, says housing minister

Homeowners should not consider it a "pie in the sky dream" to build their own property, according to the new housing minister.

Mark Prisk told mortgage lenders that self-built homes should be considered as one way to boost the UK housing market.

He said that only about 10% of new UK homes were self-built, compared with 60% in France and Germany.

But homebuilders and lenders said this would only ever be a niche market.

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Self-build has become more prominent through television shows such as Grand Designs and generally they involve an owner buying a plot of land and then hiring an architect to design a property.

Mr Prisk reaffirmed the government's push for self-built homes at a conference in London organised by the Council of Mortgage Lenders.

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