Self-Build and Custom Build Register

The Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015, places a duty on local authorities in England to keep, and have regard to, a register of people and groups interested in self-build and custom build housing.

The Government wants to enable more people to build or commission their own home. The register will help inform the council about the level of demand for these types of homes in North Lincolnshire. This information may also help us to consider housing and planning policies to assist self and custom build housing projects, and explore options to bring people and plots together. Further information is available on the Government’s planning practice guidance portal.

The register is to express an interest in serviced sites; these are plots of land that have access to a public highway, and connections for electricity, water and waste water.

Please note that registration does not guarantee that a suitable plot will be identified, or become available.

What is self-build and custom build?

Self-build – where you organise and design the construction of your own home. You then need to choose how to proceed.  Listed below are some of the options available to you:

  • self-build one-off home: you manage the design and construction process and are physically involved in part or all of the construction of your home
  • contractor built one-off home: you manage the design process and appoint a contractor to build the home to your specification
  • kit home: you select your preferred kit home and possibly establish the foundations. The kit home company then erects the home
  • Independent community collaboration: you work with others to acquire a site to split into plots then organise the design and construction of your own home
  • Supported community self-build group: a social landlord of the Community Self Build Agency helps you build a group of homes together. More information about this can be found on the Community Self Build Agency website.

Custom build – where you work with a specialist developer to deliver your own home. There are also different options available with this method as follows:

  • developer built one-off: a developer may secure and provide a site through to managing the build of a single home
  • the developer potentially gets the site up to a certain stage in development before the self-builder completes the project

Developer led group projects – helps groups of people to bring forward sites through to managing construction with or without the self-builder completing the home.

Am I eligible to be entered on the Register?

Each individual applicant and every member of an association of individuals that applies for entry on the register must be:

  • aged 18 or older;
  • a British citizen, a national of a EEA State other than the United Kingdom, or a national of Switzerland; and
  • seeking (either alone or with others) to acquire a serviced plot of land in the relevant authority’s area to build a house to occupy as that individual’s sole or main residence.

How will the council use information from the Register?

By registering you will help us find out about the demand for custom build plots in North Lincolnshire; we will then know where people would like their plot to be, and the type of home that they would like to build.

We shall use the information to explore ways in which it might be possible for people and plots to be brought together. Registration does not however guarantee that a suitable plot will be identified, or become available.

As a council we only have a limited amount of land in our ownership that may be suitable for self-build, however, we will work with other landowners, developers and agents, to help bring land forward for development. General information about demand shared with others will be anonymised.

We will not pass identifiable information from the register onto anyone outside the council without the written consent of the person who has registered their details.

Except for those questions relating to eligibility, you do not have to answer all the questions on the application (for instance the finance questions), but the more you can tell us the better our ability to plan for, and assist you to find a plot to meet your needs.

In submitting an application to join the Register, you are agreeing that the council can use the data you provide to understand the demand for custom build and self-build housing.

Personal details included on the Register will not be made public, but anonymised headline data extracted from it may be published (for example, overall numbers of registered entries for various categories, geographical areas of interest, types of housing sought.).  The information will inform our spatial planning, housing and regeneration policies.

Will I still need planning permission to carry out a custom build?

Yes, the Register does not replace the need for planning permission. When seeking to bring land forward we will consider the relevant planning policy and we will work with potential custom builders to assess the impact that planning policy may have on carrying out a custom build in a specific location.

Will I definitely get a plot of land to develop on?

There is no guarantee that a suitable plot will be identified, or become available.

This is dependent on where you are looking for a plot and how advanced you are in terms of being ready to carry out a build.  If you have funding in place then there is more chance that a self-build or custom build plot will be found.

Will land be provided where I want it?

Land supply is dependent on local land ownership and planning policy. If you can provide details when registering then there is more opportunity for assisting you with finding a plot in the right location.

Will I be able to afford a custom build development?

This is depends on your own personal circumstances and we would suggest that you seek independent financial advice, particularly if you need a mortgage. Plots will be provided at market value; so you need to be sure that you have factored the purchase value of the land into your planning.

Do I need to provide my own finance

Yes, you will need to have the funding available to complete the development.

Can I work with others?

Yes, groups of people or associations can apply to be on the Register, and the register also contains a section for linking you to other applicants.

Do I have to build it myself?

No, self-build or custom build is a diverse area and there are many options for how you can progress. You could:

  • build yourself
  • employ a builder to complete the works to your specification
  • get a builder or developer to build to a certain stage and then you complete
  • partner with a developer for the whole process from finding a site all the way through to the build
  • join with other self-builders.

You could also consider options such as modular construction, other materials and off-site construction where most of the build takes place in a factory.

Will I be able to seek a custom build plot anywhere in North Lincolnshire?

Yes, you can register for a plot anywhere in North Lincolnshire. However, as explained above, other factors such as available land and planning policy must also be taken into account. If there is a particular area that you are interested in then please say so on the Register.

In submitting an application to join the Register, you are agreeing that the council can use the data you provide to understand the demand for custom build and self-build housing.

Personal details included on the register will not be made public, but anonymised headline data extracted from it may be published (for example, overall numbers of registered entries for various categories, geographical areas of interest, types of housing sought).

Register of Interest

If you have any queries about the registration, or would like a copy of the registration form sent to you, please contact:

strategic.housing@northlincs.gov.uk

Strategic Housing, North Lincolnshire Council,Church Square House, 30-40 High Street, Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire, DN15 6NL.

For more information about existing council land sites that may be suitable for self-build please ring 01724 646009 or examine the current sites being marketed.