I was interested to read that Housing Minister Grant Shapps has launched a £30m fund to provide short-term finance for self-builders. He has also contacted mainstream lenders asking them to provide finance for self-build projects. He is working closely with self-build champion Kevin McLeod (from T.V. show Grand Designs), to highlight how important self-build is for the economy. I welcome this event and would ask that mainstream lenders show positive support for the self-build market which is hugely important to the property market as a whole. I am certainly noticing an increase in clients looking to develop sites or build their own home on plots and any assistance would be very welcome.Lindsay Darroch Partner and Head of Property
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