Self-build

Frequently-Asked Questions

Self-build means you will be actively involved in acquiring land to build a home, designing and getting planning permission for this home, and building the home. You could do all the work yourself, but it is more usual (after you have found the land) to commission an architect to design the building and obtain planning permission, followed by commissioning a builder or different building trades to build the home. You can self-build as an individual or as part of a group set up specifically to build your own homes.

Custom housebuilding refers to a house builder offering a site for sale with a ‘design and build’ service. This allows you to tailor the home that is built on the site to your requirements. House builders will allow different degrees of customisation; some will allow you to fit out (lay flooring, install kitchens and bathrooms, tile, wall paper and paint) the home yourself, while others will give you a range of fit and finishes to choose from.

Legislation defines ‘self-build and custom housebuilding’ as the building or completion by individuals, associations of individuals, or persons working with or for individuals or associations, of houses to be occupied as homes by those individuals.

This does not include the building of a house on a plot acquired from a person who builds the house wholly or mainly to plans or specifications decided or offered by that person. Regulations in relation to the Register are set out in the Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Regulations 2016.

The Register is a record of people who wish to acquire serviced plots of land within Harborough District to build houses to occupy as their main home.

The Council is required by law (The Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015 and The Housing and Planning Act 2016) to keep this Register. The Council is also required to grant planning permissions for enough serviced plots of land to meet the demand for self-build homes as evidenced by the Register. The Council has up to three years after accepting a Register application to make sure serviced plots are available for sale to these qualifying self-builders.

Everyone applying to join the Register, whether as an individual or as a member of an association, has to meet the following conditions:

1. Must be aged 18 or over;
2. Must be a British citizen, a national of an EEA state or Switzerland; and
3. Must be seeking to acquire a serviced plot of land for their own self-build and custom housebuilding project.

Complete the online application form. The information required will depend on whether you are an individual applicant or whether you are applying on behalf of a group of individuals (referred to as an association).

The Council determines applications within 28 days and contacts applicants regarding its decision. Those deemed not eligible for entry in the Register will be informed of the reasons for the decision.

Entry on the Register does not guarantee that a suitable plot of land will be identified or become available. The Register provides the Council with valuable information on demand for self-build and custom housebuilding in the local area and is a key part of the Council’s evidence base for this type of housing.

Personal details included on the Register will not be made public, but anonymous headline data extracted from it may be published (i.e. overall numbers of registered entries for various categories, geographical areas of interest, size of plot sought).

The Council ensures that the Register is up-to-date by reviewing entries in the Register periodically. This involves contacting the named individual or Lead Contact of the Association to confirm that the details they have provided remain accurate and that they still intend to undertake a self-build project within the District.

 

It is important to inform the Council of any change of circumstances or change of contact details. If the Council cannot contact you, your entry will be removed from the Register.

Any changes in your details should be submitted by email to the Planning Policy team.

 

The Council is collecting your information in accordance with the Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015 (as amended). The information you have supplied will be used to maintain a list of people and groups interested in building their own homes and to deliver and improve Council services. Your information may be shared with other Council departments.

Your information will be held in accordance with the Council’s Document Retention and Disposal Policy and we will only ask you for as much information as is required to respond to your enquiry / expression of interest in self build. We will not disclose any personal information to any other third parties unless required to do so by law.

For further information on how your information is used, how we maintain the security of your information , and your rights to access information we hold about you, please contact: Harborough District Council, The Symington Building, Adam & Eve St, Market Harborough LE16 7AG or FOI@harborough.gov.uk