The Government and Eden District Council wants to enable more people to build their own home.
The terms 'self-build' and 'custom-build' are used to describe situations where individuals or groups are involved in creating their own home. The amount of personal involvement will vary. Some self-builders physically build all or part of a home themselves, some commission an architect to manage their project or a developer may find a site and then seek a number of self-build clients and build their homes to their specification under contract.
Self-build describes projects where the people involved play a very significant part in the process. They may help to organise the project, commission an architect or builder, or do some of the construction or finishing off work too. Self-building does not necessarily mean picking up the bricks and physically getting stuck in - most self-builders will be involved in the creative side of the process.
Custom-build describes a more 'hands-off' approach where a specialist developer co-ordinates the whole process for the people involved.
Local Planning Authorities in England and Wales are required under the Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015 to keep a register of persons seeking to acquire land to build a home.
The Council is compiling a register of people who might be interested in self-build or custom-build. If the Council becomes aware of land that may be suitable it will contact those who have expressed an interest.
To register please complete the Registration Form (PDF: 96Kb / 4 pages) and return it:
- By post to: Planning Policy Team, Eden District Council, Mansion House, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 7YG
- By email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
In preparing this register, we are making no commitment to provide self-build or custom-build plots.
The register will not be a public document, but we may publish headline data from it annually.
Additional useful information
For advice and information on self-build issues, such as land, planning, viability and procurement see Cumbria Rural Housing Trust website.
Additional information on self-build homes which provides encouragement and advice to people who want to build their own home is available through the Self-Build Portal.
Information about funding opportunities for community-led projects is available from the The Homes and Communities Agency.
For advice on self and custom build and a free register of available sites, see Buildstore.co.uk.