'Self build' and 'custom build' is when you design, plan and build your own home. Self build usually means that you are directly involved in organising the design and construction of your new home and it can be done on an individual or group basis. Custom build usually means working with a specialist developer to help you deliver your home. The level of involvement you have in building your own home can vary dependent on which method you choose and there may be some overlap between the two.
The government wants to enable more people to build or commission their own home. It therefore requires local authorities to grant planning permissions for serviced plots of land for self and custom builders that meets the demand on their Register.
In order to ensure that the register provides an accurate picture of demand for self and custom build sites, applicants must meet certain criteria to be eligible for entry onto the Register. These include:
To register please complete the form below. Completed forms should be emailed to email@example.com
The form will request details of your financial circumstances which you must answer as accurately as possible. Additional information and evidence may also be requested from you as your application is processed. The remaining questions within the form are designed to give us a clear picture of your requirements in terms of the plot you are seeking.
A fee of £120 per application is also payable. This is to contribute towards the costs incurred by the Council in evaluating applications, maintaining the Register and delivering planning permission on serviced plots to meet demand.
Payment of the application fee can be made using the following methods:
The Council's bank account details are: Account number: 86998404; Sort code: 01-06-45
The Borough Council will issue a receipt for each payment received to the person making it.
Should your application be successful, you will be invited to re-apply to the Register each subsequent year so that the Council can assess whether you still meet the local connection test and are financially able to undertake a self or custom build project. A fee of £120 will be payable each time you re-apply. You will be removed from the Register if you choose not to re-apply at that time.
Completed forms will be evaluated either in-house by suitably experienced Council officers or by an independent body to verify an applicant's ability to resource a self or custom build project. As stated above, we may contact you to request further information or evidence to support answers given in your application.
We will determine your application for entry onto the register within 28 days of receipt and will advise you of one of three outcomes:
Please contact Stephen Benge, using the details from the contact panel on the right hand side of this page.
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