Fewer Building Levies May Create Tool Hire Jobs

Tool hire jobs may be supported and created by the removal of building levies on small construction work, including self-build projects and house extensions.

The Department of Communities and Local Government has outlined plans to cut tens of thousands of pounds off the cost of construction in some parts of the country.

For example, in the New Forest, self-building a three-bedroom house would previously incur a £32,000 charge under Section 106, which adds a levy for affordable housing.

Now the department is looking to waive these fees for smaller developers, self-builders and homeowners keen to extend their property.

Communities secretary Eric Pickles said: “People who have worked hard and saved hard should be able to build a home or make changes to their property without paying out excessive charges.

“Their home should be their castle – and not a cash cow for their local council.”

A consultation has now been launched to discuss the proposals, which would apply an exemption to domestic extensions and annexes, work to bring disused buildings back into use, and developments of ten homes or fewer.

Once this is done, tool hire jobs should benefit accordingly, with more individual homeowners and small developers able to afford to undertake projects and cover equipment costs.