Frequently Asked Questions
The Self Build and Custom Housebuilding (Register) Regulations 2016 require authorities to keep a register of individuals (and associations of individuals) who are seeking to acquire serviced plots of land in their area. Local authorities are required to give suitable development permission to enough suitable serviced plots of land to meet the demand for Self Build and Custom Housebuilding in their areas as evidenced by the number of entries added to an authority’s register within a given timeframe.
A serviced plot of land is a plot of land that either has access to a public highway and has connections for electricity, water and waste water, or can be provided with access to those things within the duration of a development permission granted in relation to that land.
- Custom Build is where a person commissions a specialist developer to help deliver their own home
- Self Build is where a person is more directly involved in organising and constructing their home.
You are eligible to join the Register if you meet the three criteria below:
- Aged 18 or over;
- A British citizen, national of an 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 Mid Devon District to build a house that you will occupy as your sole or main residence.
An association or group can sign up to the register providing each member meets the three eligibility requirements set out above.
Mid Devon District Council must give suitable development permission to enough suitable serviced plots of land to meet the demand for Self Build and Custom Housebuilding in the area. There is no requirement to permission land which specifically meets the requirements expressed by those on the Register. However, we will use preferences expressed by those on the Register to guide our decisions when looking at how to meet our duty to grant planning permission.
We will also consider informing those on the Register when we have permissioned suitable land.
You can find out more about custom and self build housing by following these links:
- Right to Build Toolkit
- GOV.UK - planning practice guidance
- National Custom and Self Build Association
- Planning Portal – Self Build Homes For more information, please contact the Forward Planning team on 01884 234221 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Which have produced an interactive step-by-step guide on building your own home.