Fees and new criteria to be introduced for CDC Self and Custom-Build Register
Release date: 11 October 2017
From 1 November, Cotswold District Council will be introducing new criteria and fees for its Self and Custom-build Register.
New applications for the Register that meet set criteria relating to local connection and financial viability, as well as existing legislative criteria, will be charged an entry fee of £75. These will be classed as Part 1.
People will also be able to apply for the Register when they do not meet the Part 1 criteria, but do still meet existing legislative criteria – their applications will be classed as Part 2 and they will pay an entry fee of £25.
When providing sufficient planning consents for serviced plots to meet demand for self and custom build projects, it will only be necessary for the Council to consider the number of applications that are classified as Part 1. However, CDC would still need to ‘have regard’ to the number of Part 2 applications when carrying out planning and other functions.
Existing entrants on the Council’s Self and Custom-build Register, as at 31October, will be automatically included under Part 1 criteria, irrespective of local connection and financial capability. An annual retention fee of £50 will be introduced in April 2018 for entrants wishing to remain on Part 1 of the Register. Otherwise, they will be removed.
Commenting on the changes, Cllr Mark MacKenzie-Charrington, CDC Cabinet Member for Planning, said:
“These changes are in line with the Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Regulations 2016 which enable local authorities to determine locally set criteria for new entrants onto the Register.
“Given the high demand for housing land, it’s sensible to limit entry to Part 1 of the Register to those who can prove a sufficient connection with the local authority area and also demonstrate that they have sufficient resources to purchase a plot in the District on the open market for their self-build projects.”
The Register in the Cotswolds was established in March 2016 to create opportunities for local residents who wanted to get involved in the design and construction of their own homes. This includes building a home from scratch right through to customising elements (e.g. bathroom or kitchen, layout) before moving in.
For further details please go to /residents/housing/self-build-housing/