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Self Build and Custom Build Register

The Self-build and Custom House building  (Register) Regulations 2016

These regulations place a duty on local councils in England to keep and have regard to a register of people who are interested in self build or custom build projects in their area. This register http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2016/105/introduction/made will help inform the council of the level of demand for self build and custom build plots in Wyre Forest district and enable the council to develop a strategy for matching people to plots in their area.

Priority will be given to applicants who have a local connection to the area

Self Build and Custom Build Register

If you would like to register your interest for a custom or self build plot, please complete the online registration form. Please note there is a £20 charge to register.

Apply for Self Build Registration for Individuals Apply for Self Build Registration for Associations

By signing up, you will help us find out more about the demand for custom and self build plots in Wyre Forest district where people would like their plot to be and the type of house that they would like to build.

We shall use the information to explore ways in which it might be possible for people and plots to be brought together. Registration does not however guarantee that a suitable plot will be identified, or become available.

The information you provide will be used for purposes related to supporting the growth of self-build and custom build homes within the Wyre Forest district.  The forms will also enable us to get a better understanding of the amount of interest there is in other types of housing in the district, including the consideration of self-build and custom-build plots on new build developments and levels of interest in other types of community-led housing,  including renovation of empty properties and interest in co-housing.  It is possible that your details may be shared with officers within the Economic Prosperity and Place directorate of the council who are working on community-led housing schemes.  The personal details you supply will not be shared with any third parties external to Wyre Forest District Council. 

What is Self Build? What is Custom Build?

Until recently building your own home was known as 'self build'. In 2011, the term 'custom build housing' was introduced in the Government's Housing Strategy for England.

Everyone who chooses to custom build their home will have different reasons.

There are also different ways to custom build which are listed below. When deciding which is most suitable for you, you need to consider:

  • type of custom build home you want
  • level of involvement you have (self-building or working with a builder / developer)
  • how much you want to spend

DIY custom build

The customer buys a plot and builds their own home to their own specification.

Self finish custom build

The customer buys a serviced plot from an enabler who owns a number of plots on a site, works with the enabler to create a home to their specification which is then built to be wind and watertight.

The customer takes over the remaining elements themselves or employs subcontractors.

Full turn key custom build

The customer buys a serviced plot from an enabler who owns a number of plots on a site. They work with the enabler to design their home to their specification and individual lifestyle.

The house is completed by the enabling developer to a fixed budget and timescale.

Independent community custom build

Where a group of individuals join forces to purchase a large site which is split into individual plots. They are involved in the planning, design and building of their own home.

By working as part of a group costs are minimised both in terms of labour and materials.

Supported community custom build

As above a group of individuals come together to share their skills, boost their knowledge of building and create a number of houses collectively.

Some groups form themselves and others are formed by housing associations or other agencies.

Cohousing custom build

Cohousing communities are intentional communities created and run by their residents.

Each household has a self-contained, personal and private home, but residents come together to manage their community, share activities, eat together.

Affordable custom build

Those on a low income can participate in the planning, design and building of their own homes through custom build. They can learn a range of new skills and save money through sweat equity.

Further Information and Advice

If you would like to know more or have any queries about the register please contact us

We will not pass identifiable information from the Register onto anyone outside the Council without the written consent of the person who registered their details

Please note by completing the registration form you are agreeing that

  • You are over 18
  • You a British citizen, a national of an EEA State other than the United Kingdom or a national of Switzerland

AND

  • Seeking (either alone or with others) to acquire a serviced plot of land in the Wyre Forest district to build a house to occupy as that individual’s sole or main residence.

Please note an association is eligible for entry in the register if each member of the association meets all of the eligibility requirements for an individual set out above.

Wyre Forest District Council

Self-Build and Custom Build -  Authority Monitoring Report

2016 - 2018

The Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Act (March 2015) places a duty on local councils in England to maintain a register of individuals and associations who are interested in finding a serviced plot of land for self-build or custom build homes in their Local Authority area.

Wyre Forest District Council developed its Self-build and Custom build Register in accordance with the Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Planning Practice Guidance (April 2016).  Web pages for both the register and information on community-led housing were also developed to ensure relevant information could easily be found online.  The register is located at www.wyreforestdc.gov.uk/sbr and further information on community-led housing can be found at www.wyreforestdc.gov.uk/clh.

 

The Self-build and Custom Housebuilding (Register) Regulations 2016 commenced on 1st April 2016.  The first input to the Wyre Forest District Council Register was on 3rd April 2016.

There has been a steady input to the district’s register, with the majority of registrations being made between 1st April 2016 and end of April 2017 (47 individuals registered within a 12 month period).  A further 13 registrations took place in the 12 months from May 2017 until May 2018. 

Number of Individuals on the register

Between 1st April 2016 and 30th April 2018, a total of 60 individuals have registered.  There haven’t been any registrations made by associations either within or external to the Wyre Forest District. 

Number of plots sought

By the end of April 2018, a total of 60 plots are sought.  Some individuals have indicated they already own land and would like to build on it in the future. 

Location preferences

Table 1 illustrates the vast majority of preferences are in rural and village locations.   Out of the district’s three towns, there is significantly more interest in Bewdley Town (31) compared to Stourport Town (5) and Kidderminster Town (4). 

Table 1

Location

(listed in order of preference)

Number Selected

Far Forest

32

Wolverley

32

Bewdley Town

31

Arley

30

Rock

29

Shatterford

28

Chaddesley Corbett

26

Blakedown

24

Churchill

24

Low Habberley

23

Cookley

21

Stone

21

Wribbenhall

21

Harvington

17

Franche

11

Habberley

11

Rushock

11

Barkhill

9

Hales Park

9

Worcester Road

9

Arley Kings

8

Wilden

8

Comberton

7

Lickhill

6

Broadwaters

5

Offmore

5

Stourport Town

5

Kidderminster Town

4

Hurcott Road

3

Lark Hill

3

Newtown

3

Sutton Farm

3

Charles St / George St

2

Hoobrook / Aggborough

2

Spennells

2

Baxter Gardens

1

Birchen Coppice

1

Juniper Court

1

Park Street

1

Rifle Range

1

Walshes

1

Wood St Estate

1

 

Plot size

The majority of individuals on the register are seeking larger plots with most demand being for 3 bedroom homes.  There is also significant interest in 4 bed, 5 bed and 5 plus bedrooms. Only 3 individuals selected 2 bedroom homes.  There wasn’t any interest in 1 bedroom homes.

   

Number of bedrooms

 

1

Nil

2

3

3

30

4

17

5

3

5 plus

4

Did not answer the question

3


Type of housing to be built

The self-build registration process includes a request for the ‘type’ of self-build / custom build individuals are most keen to pursue.  An explanation of each model is provided on the Council’s website and set out below:

 

DIY custom build

The customer buys a plot and builds their own home to their own specification.

Self finish custom build

The customer buys a serviced plot from an enabler who owns a number of plots on a site, works with the enabler to create a home to their specification which is then built to be wind and watertight.  The customer takes over the remaining elements themselves or employs subcontractors.

Full turn key custom build

The customer buys a serviced plot from an enabler who owns a number of plots on a site. They work with the enabler to design their home to their specification and individual lifestyle.  The house is completed by the enabling developer to a fixed budget and timescale.

Independent community custom build

Where a group of individuals join forces to purchase a large site which is split into individual plots. They are involved in the planning, design and building of their own home.  By working as part of a group costs are minimised both in terms of labour and materials.

Supported community custom build

As above a group of individuals come together to share their skills, boost their knowledge of building and create a number of houses collectively.  Some groups form themselves and others are formed by housing associations or other agencies.


Cohousing custom build

Cohousing communities are intentional communities created and run by their residents.  Each household has a self-contained, personal and private home, but residents come together to manage their community, share activities, eat together.


Affordable custom build

Those on a low income can participate in the planning, design and building of their own homes through custom build. They can learn a range of new skills and save money through sweat equity.

 

The majority of individuals who have registered their interest have selected a preference for DIY Custom Build (43) with further interest in a Self Finish Custom Build (33).  There was also significant interest in Full Turn Key (26).

There were also 14 individuals who selected a preference for Affordable Custom Build and a further 10 individuals who demonstrated interest in Independent Custom Build.  It should be noted that individuals are able to select multiple preferences. The ones listed are the most popular. 


Meeting the demand:

Under the Self-Build and Custom House Building Regulations 2016, the District Council is required to keep a register of individuals who are seeking to acquire serviced plots of land in their area in order to build homes for those individuals to occupy. The register is helping to inform policy development within the emerging Local Plan and future plot requirements in the District. The policy development for the District is being progressed in our emerging Local Plan – see emerging Policy 8D

Self-build and custom build homes are subject to the same requirements for planning permission as other homes.  This means that irrespective of whether they are being proposed for self build, if they are an inappropriate development, they would not be provided with planning permission.  Locations for plots that will be considered will need to sustainable development sites.

Sustainable development is at the heart of the National Planning Policy Framework and new development in the district should support:

i)  An economic role, contributing to building a strong, responsive and competitive economy.

ii) A social role, supporting strong, vibrant and healthy communities.

iii) An environmental role, contributing to protecting and enhancing our natural, built and historic environment.
  

All potential locations for self-build and custom build plots should be seeking to meet these development needs set out in the NPPF and at a minimum, they should be in locations that will add value to the local area, be located near to local facilities including public transport, local amenities and schools.

The most popular locations preferences are for the rural locations Far Forest, Wolverley, Bewdley Town, Rock, Arley and Shatterford.  Finding suitable sites for the district’s self build and custom build community is important and appropriate sites are currently being considered as part of the district’s Local Plan review.

The self-build and custom build register is assisting council Planners to get a better understanding of the level of interest in different types of types of plots.  To date, the register has demonstrated that there is significant interest in a range of serviced plots including those that are part of a new build development, the conversion of existing buildings and interest in co-housing.  See Table 2 below.

Table 2

Total Registered

would consider joining a co-housing project

would consider a custom-build plot / home that was part of a new build housing development

would consider the conversion of an existing building as an alternative to building a new property

with history of custom build / general house building

expressing interest in eco homes / environmentally low impact
(in comments box)

60

32

40

51

25

13

  

The council is currently investigating a range of options to meet the demand set out in the self-build register.  Options include opportunities to work with enablers who could assist with a custom build ‘offer’.  There are currently 59 individuals who selected interest in Self Finish Custom Build and Full Turn Key, which demonstrates a significant interest in working with specialist developers who can assist people to deliver their own home, staying within pre-agreed Design Codes.  

The District Council is not a significant landholder (of land appropriate for serviced plots) and strategic options being considered include the development of a new policy for self-build and custom build, revisions to the Local Plan and partnerships with specialist self-build and custom-build developers. The council recognises that there is still significant interest in the ‘DIY’ Custom Build approach (43) and there will be suitable alternative opportunities for DIY custom builders that may include: serviced plots on new build sites, Plot Passports with clear and concise information and an agreed marketing strategy to ensure that the sale of serviced plots are targeted at those who have actively verified their interest via the district’s Self- Build Register.

 



Wyre Forest District Council