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Self-build and Custom Housebuilding

 

From 1st April 2016, Councils are required to keep a self build register of people who have expressed an interest for self-build and/or custom build opportunities within their administrative area. This is part of the Government's drive to enable more people to build or commission their own home with the intention to make this form of housing a mainstream housing option. The Self Build and Custom House Building Act 2015 then places a duty on authorities to have regard to their register in carrying out planning and other functions.

 

What is self-build and custom build housing?

 

Self build involves the individual or association getting involved in, or managing the construction of their new home. In contrast, custom build involves the individual or association commissioning the construction of their home from a developer, builder, or package company. Whilst not getting involved in the construction, those going down the custom build route will often have input into the design of their new home.

 

The Register

 

If you are interested in being considered for the Council’s register, then please complete the response form below. You can either apply as an individual or as an association, with the individual/association eligible for entry if they are:

 

a)    aged 18 or over

b)    a British citizen, a national of an EEA other than the United Kingdom, or a national of Switzerland (proof will be required).

c)    Seeking (either alone or with others) to acquire a serviced plot of land in South Staffordshire District to build a house to occupy as your sole or main residence.

 

Word document: Self-build and Custom House building Register – Application form

PDF: Self-build and Custom House building Register – Application form

 

Please note that proof of identification will need to be provided in order to confirm eligibility, within 28 days of application submission. All applicants will be required to present their identification to an officer at the Council Offices in Codsall. Please note that a scanned copy will be retained at the Council Offices. Further information will be provided regarding this on submission of your application.

 

The main purpose of the register is to provide information on demand for self-build and custom housebuilding in the District.  Please note that inclusion on the register does not automatically provide the applicant with a plot, and planning permission will still be required. Any subsequent planning application for self/custom build housing will need to be in accordance with the South Staffordshire Development Plan.

 

Contact

 

Strategic Development

Telephone: (01902) 696000
Email: selfbuild@sstaffs.gov.uk

 

Planning and Strategic Services
South Staffordshire Council
Council Offices
Wolverhampton Road
Codsall
South Staffordshire
WV8 1PX

 

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