The Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015 requires councils to keep local registers of people looking to buy plots of land to commission or build their own home. Councils are able to set local eligibility conditions and to charge a fee. There are two parts to the register:
Part 1: for those who meet the national and local eligibility conditions and have paid the fee.
Part 2: for those who only meet the national eligibility conditions and have paid the fee.
What is self-build and custom build?
Self-build usually means you are directly involved in organising the design and construction of your new home. Custom build usually means working with a specialist developer to help you deliver your home. There may be some overlap between the two, for example some custom build developers offer the option of a serviced plot where you can design and build your own home as part of a larger scheme.
If you are registered on Part 1, we are required to give suitable development permissions for enough serviced plots of land to meet the demand within three years of the time within which your application has been entered. The timescales run between 31 October and 30 October each year. We will inform you when there are suitable plots available. There is no requirement for us to provide serviced plots to people in Part 2, but we will consider applications in Part 2 when carrying out functions related to planning, housing, the disposal of any land and re-generation.
Priority will be given to applicants who meet the local connection and financial solvency tests. In addition to seeking information to understand which part of the register you are eligible for, other questions have been designed to give us a clear picture of the type of site which would meet your requirements. This includes preferences in terms of location, an understanding of your financial ability to build a home and how quickly you could build a new property.