Self-build and custom build: Update 16 June 2016

Chapter 2 introduces a duty for councils to grant planning permission for sufficient serviced plots sufficient to meet demand for self-build and custom housebuilding, as evidenced by council-compiled registers of suitable plots to be created and maintained by local authorities under the Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015.

A Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) technical consultation issued on 18 February proposed that "small sites registers" would show sites for between one and four self-build plots, enabling developers and individuals interested in self-build and custom housebuilding to identify suitable sites. Registers would be required to indicate site location, approximate size and contact details for the owner.

To avoid unreasonable burdens on councils, the DCLG proposed that there should be no need for them to assess the suitability of sites included on these registers: "Although this will mean that there is no guarantee that land on the register can be used for development, it will still achieve its overall objective of increasing awareness of the location of small sites," the technical consultation said.

During the bill’s parliamentary passage, peers failed to secure an amendment aimed at ensuring that permission for self-build plots is only approved where services can be provided without unreasonable cost.

Commencement: These provisions will come into force on a date to be prescribed by regulations.

The DCLG technical consultation document is here https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/501239/Planning_consultation.pdf

More on this topic:

How measures to boost self-build could impact on council planning teams

What consultation reveals about new small sites registers

Peers fail to secure changes to Housing and Planning Bill


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