Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding Register
As of 1 April 2016 the Government requires that local councils gauge demand for self-build and custom-build plots in their area by setting up a register.
The register keeps the details of those individuals and groups (known as 'associations') wishing to buy a self or custom build plot in the Council area in order to build their own home(s).
In the first monitoring period (1st April 2016 to 30th October 2016) the Council received 48 applications to the Register and approved 47 of these applications. 46 Individuals were approved on the register and 1 association (organisation). 19 of those added on to the register indicated that they had applied to other Local Authority Registers.
In the second monitoring period (31st October 2016 to 30th October 2017) the Council received 112 applications to the Register and approved 110 of these applications. All the applicants were individuals. 45 of those added on to the register indicated that they had applied to other Local Authority Registers.
In the third monitoring period (31st October 2017 to 30th October 2018) the Council received 44 applications to the Register and approved 43 of these applications. All of the applicants were individuals. 19 of those added onto the register indicated that they had applied to other Local Authority Registers.
In the fourth monitoring period (31st October 2018 to 30th October 2019) the Council introduced a local connection test as an additional requirement for eligibility and consequently all applications were reviewed. The Register has since been split into a Part 1 and a Part 2, with those meeting the requirements of the local connection test being placed on Part 1, and those that do not on Part 2. The Council received 78 new applications of which 25 were approved onto the Register.
Overall, there are now 69 applications that have been approved for inclusion on the Register. Of these, 16 have been accepted onto Part 1 and 53 onto Part 2.
Applying to the Register
By applying to the register you make us aware of your interest in buying a self or custom build plot.
To be eligible, you must be either a British Citizen, a national of an EEA state other than the United Kingdom, or a national of Switzerland. You must also be 18 years of age or over.
The Council has now implemented a Local Connection Test. The changes will result in the Register being split into a Part 1 and a Part 2. Part 1 will consist of applicants who have a local connection to the area and who wish to have a Self-Build plot within South Bucks district. Part 2 will consist of applicants who wish to have a Self-Build plot within South Bucks district but do not have a local connection. Please note the Council only has a duty to grant permission for enough suitable serviced plots of land to meet the demand of entries on Part 1 of the Register.
Those who meet the following criteria will be placed on Part 1 of the Register:
Have lived in the district for two years or more;
Have worked in the district for two years or more; or
Are currently serving in or have recently left the UK regular armed forces
Once you have submitted your application to us via the online form below, you will need to provide evidence or your eligibility (and of the local connection, if applicable) in digital form. Examples of evidence include copies of utility bills, council tax bills, proof of employment or of your military ID card. Evidence can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can apply to the register by using our Application Form, which is available from the link below:
After applying the Council will contact you within 28 days to inform you whether you are eligible to be placed on the register, and if not why not. We may also contact you if you have not provided evidence of your eligibility. More details on eligibility are contained in our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) document, available below, you are advised to read this before submitting your application.
Once you are on the Register
At this moment the Council does not have any plots or are aware of any plots available for prospective Self-Builders.
If you are successful and are approved to join the Register the Council may contact you when opportunities for plots meeting your requirements become available. The Council will try to secure plots through site allocations in the Emerging Local Plan in order to meet the demand for plots in the District. You may also seek to acquire plots from other Local Authorities or private companies/individuals.
Please note that the Council does not get involved with civil matters such as the purchase of land between two parties and you would still need to secure planning permission to build on any plots once acquired. More information regarding application advice is available here.
If you have any further queries please contact the Council's planning policy team, contact details are provided below:
Telephone: 01494 586 678