Planning and building
Self-build and custom build homes
The Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015 as amended by the Housing and Planning Act 2016 allows local authorities and district councils to adopt 2-part registration should they wish to introduce local eligibility criteria.
With the adoption of the 2part register the District Council has introduced 2 additional criteria; the local connection test and the financial solvency test. A list of accepted documentary evidence can be found in Appendix A
Due to the adoption; we will now review the current register and all applicants both current and new will be assessed against the criteria below to determine which Part (1 or 2) of the Register they will be assigned to.
Part 1 of the Register
To be entered in this part of the register, individuals or associations of individuals are required to meet all eligibility criteria including the local connection test. The total number of entries in Part 1 counts towards the demand for Self-build and Custom Housebuilding (SBCH) in the District. The District Council is required to grant an equivalent number of development permissions for SBCH.
Part 2 of the Register
Those who meet all eligibility criteria excluding the local connection test will be included in this part of the Register. The Council is not required to permission serviced plots for Part 2 of the Register but must take into consideration applicants on this part of the Register when carrying out its planning, housing, land disposal and regeneration functions.
Eligibility for entry on the register
Applicants must satisfy the following criterion:
Basic Eligibility Criteria
- 18 years of age or over,
- 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 for own self-build or custom housebuilding project to occupy as main or sole residence.
Local Eligibility Criteria
- Live and/or work in Epping Forest DC for a continuous period of 2 years, up to and including the day of the application for entry in the register*
- Have the financial resources to purchase a plot of serviced land for self-build or custom housebuilding
*Exemption – members of the Armed Forces or ex-services personnel who left the service no more than 2 years from the date of application are exempt from this condition.
Each applicant in joint applications must meet the eligibility criteria including members of the same household.
Applying as part of a group (association)
Applications from groups/associations of individual are accepted. However, all group members must satisfy the above criteria to enter the register. To be entered on to Part 1 of the Register, each group member must satisfy both the basic and local eligibility criteria.
Associations must provide a lead contact who will act on behalf of the members.
Further information and advice
The Government’s GOV.UK website has lots more information about the register (please pay particular attention to paragraph 8 which details the eligibility criteria for entry on to the register). If you would like to talk to us about the Right to Build project, have any queries about the registration, or would like a copy of the registration form sent to you, please email the Housing Development Team at:
- Email email@example.com
- Call 01992 564283