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Self and custom build register

All relevant authorities are required by the Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015 to maintain a register of individuals and associations of individuals who wish to acquire a serviced plot for self-building. For more information on self and custom build housing please refer to The Self Build Portal.

What is the purpose of the register?

The register will provide information on the demand for self-build and custom housebuilding. Self-build proposals will require planning permission in the normal way.

Given the relative lack of developable land within the nationally protected landscape of the New Forest National Park joining the register does not mean that a plot of land will become available.

Other public bodies (including the local housing authorities covering the National Park and the county councils for Hampshire and Wiltshire) will have regard to our Self and Custom Build Register when preparing their local housing strategies and developing plans to dispose of land within their ownership.

Who can go on the Register?

Information on who can go on the register is provided in the Government’s Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Draft Planning Guidance. Applicants must meet all of the following eligibility criteria for entry on the register:

  • aged 18 or older
  • a British citizen, a national of a EEA State other than the United Kingdom, or a national of Switzerland
  • seeking (either alone or with others) to acquire a serviced plot of land in the relevant authority’s area to build a house to occupy as that individual’s sole or main residence.

Your details will remain on the register for two years from the date of registration unless you ask for the information to be removed before then. You will be asked if you wish to remain on the register prior to the end of the two-year period and every two years subsequently. This will be done by email and it is your responsibility to notify us of any change of contact details.

Anonymous headline data from the register will be summarised in our monitoring report each year.

Fill out this form to be added to the register.

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