North East Lincolnshire Council

Self build and custom build register

Register your details

The Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015 places a duty on local councils in England to keep and have regard to a register of people who are interested in self-build or custom build projects in their area. This register will help to inform us about  the level of demand for self-build and custom build plots in North East Lincolnshire. It will also help us to develop a strategy for bringing land forward for development.

If you would like to register your interest for a custom or self-build plot, please complete our Self build and custom build online registration form.

By signing up, you will help us find out more about the demand for custom and self-build plots in North East Lincolnshire, where people would like their plot to be and the type of house that they would like to build.

We shall use the information to explore ways in which it might be possible for people and plots to be brought together. Registration does not however guarantee that a suitable plot will be identified, or become available.

Self build and custom build frequently asked questions:

Until recently building your own home was known as ‘self-build’. In 2011, the term ‘custom build housing’ was introduced in the Government’s Housing Strategy for England.

Self-build projects are defined as those where someone directly organises the design and construction of their own home. This covers a wide range of projects including a traditional DIY self-build home to projects where the self-builder employs someone to build their home for them. Community-led projects can also be defined as self-build.

Custom build homes are where you work with a developer as an individual or a group to help to realise your own home. The developer may help to find a plot, manage the construction and arrange the finance for your new home. This is more of a hands-off approach but your home will be tailored to match your individual requirements.

You are not required to answer all of the questions and the details you enter will be added to the Register. The more information you can provide the better. If you are able to provide detailed information on your finances etc. then there is detail for the sourcing of plots of land being brought forward.

Your information will be held by us on the Register. We only have limited land which is in our ownership and we will work with others, such as developers and landowners, to help bring land forward for development. Any information shared with others will be anonymised.

Yes, the Register does not replace a requirement for planning permission. When seeking to bring land forward we will consider the relevant planning policy and we will work with potential custom builders to assess the impact that planning policy may have on carrying out a custom build in a specific location.

This is dependent on where you are seeking a plot and how advanced you are in terms of being ready to carry out a custom build development. If you have the relevant funding in place then there is more chance that a custom build plot will be found.

This is dependent on local land ownership and planning policy. If you can provide detail when registering then there is more opportunity for pairing you with a plot in the right location.

This is dependent on your own personal circumstances and we would suggest that you are honest with the level of funding and commitment that you have. Plots will be provided at market value and will not be subsidised by us; so you need to be sure that you have factored the purchase value of the land into your planning.

Yes, you will need to have the funding available to complete the development.

Yes, the Register contains a section for linking to other applicants and there is potential for seeking one or more custom build plots.

No, custom build is a diverse area and there are many options for how custom build takes place. You may wish to build yourself, but you alternatively may wish to employ a builder to complete the works to your specification. You may also wish to consider other options such as modular construction, other material and off-site construction where most of the build takes place in a factory.

Yes, there is an opportunity to register for a plot across the borough but, as explained above, other factors such as available land and planning policy must also be taken into account. If there is a particular area that you are interested in then please say so on the Register.

Planning, New Oxford House, 2 George Street, Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire, DN31 1HB


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