A new register for those with “grand designs” to custom build their own homes has been created by Wyre Forest District Council.
The new register, which is available on the council’s website, has been set up in order to comply with new government legislation.
The Self-build and Custom House Building Act 2015 requires councils to keep details of individuals and groups who want to develop plots of land for their own self-build and customised building projects.
To join the register self-builders will be asked to meet the following criteria (this applies to individuals looking to take on a project or each individual in a group):
Aged 18 or over
You must be a British citizen, a national of a European Economic Area state other than the United Kingdom, or a national of Switzerland
You are looking to acquire a serviced plot of land in the Wyre Forest District to build a house to live in as your main residence.
The council must then consider information held on the register when carrying out its housing and planning responsibilities.
Mike Parker, Director of Economic Prosperity and Place said:
“Custom or self building a house is an alternative way for people to be able to provide affordable housing. It allows people to have a direct role in the creative side of the process whilst helping to keep construction costs down.
“It is important that the council captures the demand and requirements of custom (customised by the owner but built by someone else on their behalf) or self builds when drawing up long term plans so we can, for example, ensure a suitable number of building plots are available for applications. It will also increase awareness among local landowners, builders and developers.”
The Self-build and Custom House Building Register is available on the Council’s website. To apply for a place on the register or for more information visit: www.wyreforestdc.gov.uk/selfbuildregister.