Like many other would-be self-builders, Rob Matson from Oxted in Surrey has done plenty of research into what it would take to build a family home.

The last piece in the jigsaw is finding a plot.

He was hopeful when in 2016 the law was changed – making councils in England obliged to keep a register of those wanting to self-build, and provide enough plots to help them do so.

Under the Right to Build rules, councils in England have three years to grant development permission for enough plots to meet the demand on their registers.

But there are signs councils are making things harder.

Rob, 53, says his case has made no progress – and with months left before that time is up, he’s losing