A new £4 million self-build loan fund offering financial backing to people who want to build their own homes will be available from next year.
Housing Minister Kevin Stewart confirmed the fund was being set up following a successful pilot in the Highlands.
In addition, a Challenge Fund to support pilot projects that will help to expand the custom and self-build sector is now open for applications.
Mr Stewart said:
“We know many people seeking to build a bespoke home, which is tailored to their family needs, can find it tough getting the right advice and securing funding. A pilot in the Highlands is proving to be really successful and now others in communities across Scotland will be able to apply for a share of this £4 million investment later next year.
“There was considerable interest in the fund following the launch of the pilot in the Highlands, which is why we have made the decision to make an early announcement on the national roll-out. This will give potential applicants the time to investigate housing plots and obtain the necessary permissions, so they can be ready to apply to the fund when it opens.
“In addition to this, our custom and self-build challenge fund is now open to support projects that will help planning departments develop ways to better respond to the needs of people undertaking a custom or self-build home.”
John Laing, Chairperson of The Highlands Small Communities Housing Trust, said:
“Since its launch in 2016, the Highland self-build loan fund has generated tremendous interest both in the Highland area and more importantly across Scotland as a whole. I am delighted to see the launch of the Scotland-wide fund, which will enable many more families to achieve their dreams of a home of their own.”
Further information on the on-going Highland self build pilot is available online.
The self-build loan fund will be open to applicants nationwide from Autumn 2018 and will support people over the next three years.
More information on the self and custom build challenge fund is available online.
The Housing Minister made the announcement ahead of the annual Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning this evening. The Awards recognise the best examples of planning in Scotland.
Winners of the Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning in Edinburgh will be announced on twitter @scotgovplanning using #SAQP2017.