The authorities already hold evidence of the general need for private housing and affordable housing, the type of property available to buy or rent through developers, housing associations or estate agents. This information is used to inform policies and plan development, including allocating land for certain types of schemes.
To supplement this housing evidence Councils are required by Government to keep a register of people or associations in their local authority area who are looking to acquire serviced plots of land for self or custom build projects. The first register was opened in 2015 and the Councils are now updating that information.
Those interested should complete the Councils’ survey to clarify the type of project they have in mind, its affordability and the timescales. The forms are available from www.tauntondeane.gov.uk/selfbuild or http://www.westsomersetonline.gov.uk/Planning---Building/Planning-Policy and at Deane House Planning Reception or West Somerset House reception.
You have from 19 April to 31 May to complete the forms which should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or posted to Custom/Self Build Form, Policy Team, The Deane House, Belvedere Road, Taunton, TA1 1EH.
Under the Self-build and Custom Housebuilding (Register) Regulations 2016 an individual is eligible for entry in the register if that individual is aged 18 or over, a British citizen, an national of an EEA State other than the United Kingdom, or a national of Switzerland; and seeking to acquire a serviced plot of land in the relevant authorities’ area.
Custom-build housing is where a builder is contracted by a home owner to create their home or where someone builds their home as a DIY ‘self-build’ project. This can include individual or community projects; blocks of apartments or houses (individual, as street or even an estate).
Government is committed to making it easier for people to build their own home and make custom-build a mainstream option for future home owners. It states that building your own home can be a more affordable route to home ownership and an opportunity to own a bespoke and sustainably designed, high quality home. Government believe development can offer opportunities to smaller builders and contractors, create local jobs and contribute to local economies. The custom build industry is also important for the national economy and housing supply - turning over about £4 billion and currently providing around 10,000 homes per year.
Released jointly on behalf of Taunton Deane Borough Council and West Somerset Council
Debbie Rundle, Public & Media Relations Officer 01823 356407 or 01984 635280
Ann Rhodes, Planning Policy, 01823 356484