From 1 April 2016, it should be easier for those inspired by Kevin McCloud to find the land they need to build the home of their dreams. 

The registers, which measure the level of demand for self-build plots, are intended to complement measures in the Housing and Planning Bill. The measures, if enacted, require local planning  authorities to ensure that they can supply enough serviced plots to meet that demand. 

As the average episode of Grand Designs makes clear, however, finding the right site is only the first hurdle standing between would-be developers and the home of their dreams. Getting that home built is frequently an even greater challenge...