Council launches self-build register

Release date: 29 March 2016

Building your own home can often provide a more affordable route to home ownership and create an opportunity to own a bespoke and sustainably designed, high quality property.

To assist in making this become a reality, Cotswold District Council has launched a self-build register on its website and is inviting everyone who has an interest in building their own home to sign up.  Ensuring the anonymity of contributors, the Council will use information on the register to guide local planning policy on self-build homes and help potential self-builders find suitable plots. 

Cabinet Member for Planning and Housing, Cllr Sue Jepson, explains:

“Property prices in the Cotswolds are very high on average and we know that young families in particular can struggle to get onto the housing ladder. Self-build is a means of bringing down construction costs, and the government has instructed local authorities to capture demand -  for single plots or larger sites - with a view to encouraging more of this activity.  Using the register, we will be able to assess the level and nature of requirements for self-build and custom house building in the District and then increase awareness among local landowners, builders and developers. Data from the register will also help us shape our policies to assist self-build projects.

“This is a very positive development on several fronts:  the Council can glean better information about demand for self-build and help to facilitate activity; those signing up for the register will improve their chances of success; and the local economy should benefit by generating more job opportunities for smaller builders and contractors. Obviously, we cannot guarantee that people will find a suitable plot of land or, indeed, gain planning approval, but this is a significant step in the right direction.”

Anyone who wants to join the CDC self-build register should go to www.cotswold.gov.uk/residents/housing/self-build-housing/.  If you want to find out more details about the register, please email: housing-strategy@cotswold.gov.uk or call 01285 623000.

The establishment of a self and custom build register is in accordance with the Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015

To join a register you must meet the following criteria (this applies to individuals looking to take on a project or each individual in a group):

- You must be 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 Cotswold District to build a house to live in as your main residence.

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