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Self build and custom build register

What is 'self build' and 'custom build'?

'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 self and custom build register

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.

How to 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:

  1. A local connection test; and
  2. A test to ensure that the applicant has sufficient financial resources to undertake a self or custom build project 

To register please complete the form below. Completed forms should be emailed to localplan@westlancs.gov.uk

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:

  • Electronic transfer (BACS) - when paying by BACS transfer it is essential that you quote SCBR and your name so that when the payment is received the Council knows what the payment is for and who it is from.
  • Through your Internet Banking Service - by logging onto your own bank account and transferring the fee to the Council’s bank account. Please quote SCBR as your payment reference
  • By cheque – payable to West Lancashire Borough Council and writing your details and SCBR on the reverse

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.

Please note:

  • By signing up to the register we do not guarantee that we will be able to provide a plot that meets your specifications
  • We will not pass identifiable information from the register to anyone outside the Council without the written consent of the person who registered their details

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.

What happens next?

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:   

  • If you meet all the required criteria, you will be placed on Part 1 of the Register. The Council is required to ensure planning permission is granted for sufficient serviced plots to meet demand on this list.
  • If you meet all except the local connections test criteria you will be placed on Part 2 of the Register. The Council does not have the same requirement to deliver serviced plots for these individuals or groups, but the data can provide evidence of need for the Local Plan.
  • If you do not meet the criteria regarding financial resources to undertake a self or custom build project you will be informed that you have not been placed on the Register but will be given the option to be kept informed of any land which the Council makes available for sale outside the self build process.

More information

Please contact Stephen Benge, using the details from the contact panel on the right hand side of this page.