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Self-build 14% of Saffron BS lending

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Reports suggest 14% of lending completed by Saffron Building Society is for self-build mortgage products, according to figures released today.

Housing minister Grant Shapps announced a £30m fund in May which would provide increased awareness of the sector, a move which was championed by Grand Designs presenter Kevin McCloud.

Currently 10% of UK homes are self-built.

Now Saffron Building Society has revealed it has lent over £40m in self-build mortgages during the past 18 months, with these products now making up 14% of new lending for the society.

Jon Hall, chief executive of Saffron Building Society, said that the government scheme had provided a welcome boost to the sector.

“We have backed the self-build community for some time now. At a time when property prices are out of reach for many, self-build gives our customers another option to get on the housing ladder.

“We support the Government’s initiative to increase funding to this sector, and hope that with this and a joint effort from lenders, the self-building community can thrive.”

David Gilman, partner at conveyancer Blacks Connect, added:

“It’s really encouraging to see lenders like Saffron Building Society embracing the self-build sector.

“We do a lot of conveyancing work in this market and we have seen it grow substantially in the last year. One problem has been a lack of funding, so it’s great to see lenders actively building a presence in self-build. Let’s hope more follow Saffron’s lead.”


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