The Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015 places a duty on all local authorities 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. Further guidance is set out in the Self-Build & Custom Housebuilding (Register) Regulations 2016 and on the Government’s Planning Practice Guidance website.
Register your Interest - To understand the level of demand for custom and self build across Babergh and Mid Suffolk we have created a registration form. We will use the information you provide to explore ways in which it might be possible to bring people and plots together. Please note that registration does not guarantee that a suitable plot will become available or that one will be offered to you.
Please also note that:
I have a plot of land and am interested in making this available to Self Builders - We do not currently have a register of plots that landowners may be willing to make available for others to purchase / carry out a self build project of their own. If you do have a plot of land that could be made available then please feel free to contact us to discuss the matter further.
You may also be interested in the following websites…
Community Land Trusts - These are a not for profit community-based organisation that delivers housing, workspaces or other community assets that address a need in their local area. It does this by holding the land in trust, separating its value from that of the building that stands upon it and, in the case of housing, leasing it to home owners on long leases or letting it out at an affordable rent. To find out more, Foundation East has produced a helpful Guide to CLTs . See also the National Community Land Trusts website.
Cohousing - This is a housing development that balances the advantages of home ownership with the benefits of shared common facilities and connections with your neighbours. These co-operative neighbourhoods are designed to encourage both social contact and individual space, and are organised, planned and managed by the residents themselves. Private homes contain all the features of conventional homes, but residents also have access to a common house with shared facilities such as a dining room, playroom, workshops and laundry. To find out more, see the UK Cohousing Network website.