Self Build

Self Build

Self and Custom Build

Since 2015 Local Authorities have had a statutory obligation to maintain a self and custom build register. Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015 (as amended by the Housing and Planning Act 2016

The Self and Custom Build Register is a register of the number of individuals and associations of individuals who are seeking to acquire serviced plots of land in the local authority area for self and custom house-building.

The Act does not distinguish between self-build and custom housebuilding. In considering whether a home is a self-build or custom build home, relevant authorities must be satisfied that the initial owner of the home will have primary input into its final design and layout.

The Self and Custom Build Register is intended to demonstrate local demand.

The Act stipulates that Local Authorities should give suitable development permission to meet the demonstrated demand. This demand is measured against an annual ‘base period’.

The first base period begins on the day on which the register (which meets the requirement of the 2015 Act) is established and ends on 30 October 2016. Each subsequent base period is the period of 12 months beginning immediately after the end of the previous base period. Subsequent base periods will therefore run from 31 October to 30 October each year.

At the end of each base period, relevant authorities have 3 years in which to permission an equivalent number of plots of land, which are suitable for self-build and custom housebuilding, as there are entries for that base period.

Example drawing of a self build site layoutExample drawing of self build site layout

Self and Custom Build in South Cambridgeshire

South Cambridgeshire District Council is actively seeking to meet the need demonstrated by our Register, and deliver self and custom build opportunities in suitable locations. We aim to secure a self and custom build contribution on planning applications for 20+ homes.

Where possible, we are also working to identify suitable plots of our own land, install services, and marketing these to those on the register.

The below table shows the number of people added to the register for a base period and the number of planning permissions granted from 3 years from the end of each base period.

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Assessment Period

Number added to Register (within base period)

Permissions Granted

(3 years following base period)

Base Period 1: 01/04/16 to 30/10/16



Base Period 2: 31/10/16 to 30/10/17



Base Period 3: 31/10/17 to 30/10/18



Base Period 4: 31/10/18 to 30/10/19



Registering your interest

We hold an active register of people interested in custom, self build properties within South Cambridgeshire, so we can identify the number and location of plots of land required. 

Apply online for the register

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