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Self-build and custom house-building register summary - first base

Introduction

Local Planning Authorities (LPA's) are required to create and keep a register of those interested in self build and custom house-building projects under the Self and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015.

Through the self-build and custom housebuilding (register) regulations 2016, the Government stipulates that applicants must provide their name, address, date of birth, nationality and confirmation that they are seeking (either alone or with others) to acquire a serviced plot of land in the relevant authority's area to build a house to occupy as that individual's sole or main residence. These details are kept on Part 2 of the Register of Interest.

The LPA can apply affordability and local eligibility criteria to register applicants as well as other material that it is deemed assists in the duty to 'have regard to the register' under the Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015 when carrying out its functions under planning, housing, regeneration and disposal of assets, and a duty to grant suitable planning permission, under the Housing and Planning Act 2016. To this end applicants to the register are asked about the types of projects and locations, finances and circumstances. This is kept on Part 1 of the Register.

The Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015 requires LPA's to publish headline data in their Authority Monitoring Report. In addition, Government planning practice guidance recommends that an annual summary of the Register of Interest is published under prescribed base periods. It advises that this includes:

  • the number of individuals and associations on the register
  • the number of plots sought
  • location preferences
  • plot size
  • type of housing intended to be built

The Housing and Planning Act 2016 defines the base periods for the Register of Interest. The first base period is the date the LPA first established a Register of Interest, 31 March 2015, to the day before the day on which section 10 of the Housing and Planning Act 2016 came into force which was on 31 October 2016. Each subsequent base period is 12 months beginning immediately after the end of the previous base period. It is intended that an annual report be publish for each subsequent base period.

In 2015 Taunton Deane Borough Council (TDBC) and West Somerset Council (WSC) launched their first Register of Interest. The first base period for TDBC and WSC (The Councils) is therefore 31st March 2015 to 30th October 2016.

In this first base period, a total of 29 persons (26 based in or with links to the TDBC area, 3 based in or with links to the WSC area) submitted an application to appear on the Register of Interest. Out of the 29 applicants, 12 (10 TDBC, 2 WSC) persons submitted the required qualifying information for entry onto Part 1 of the Register.

From 31st October 2016 the Councils have a duty to grant suitable permissions, or permissions in principal, for the number of persons on Part 1 of the Register of Interest. The timescale for the granting permission is three years from the base period. Permissions granted before the start of the first base period cannot be counted, and permissions cannot apply to more than one base period.

From 31st March 2015 to 30th October 2016 there were 34 planning permissions granted (27 in the TDBC area, 7 in the WSC area) that could include Self and Custom Build (SCB) projects.

Whilst the duty to make land available correlates only to Part 1 of the Register of Interest, the data on Part 2 of the Register of Interest should be used by the Councils when considering their wider duty to have regard to the register in its planning, housing, regeneration and asset functions.

The number of Individuals on Part 2 of the Register of Interest is 29.

The number of plots sought is 28 (one applicant did not provide information).

The number of applicants household income that is under £60,000 is 22 and over £60,000 is 5 (two did not provide information).

The number of applicants who are on Somerset Homefinder is 0.

Location preferences (grouped by planning policy categorisation of settlements):

TDBC

Principal/secondary TDBC settlement Major/minor rural centre Village with settlement limit Open countryside*
Taunton x 4 Bishops Lydeard Blagdon Hill Broom Farm x 2
Staplegrove Wiveliscombe Pitminster Higher West Hatch
Trull North Curry Stoke St Mary Poundisford
Wellington x 2   West Monkton Wellington Without

* development in open countryside is more restricted than in sustainable settlements

WSC

Rural service centre Open countryside*
Watchet Old Cleve Parish

* development in open countryside is more restricted than in sustainable settlements

The number who are interested in a single individual home project is 26 and the number who are interested in a collective or group build project is 2.

23 want a self-build project, whereas 3 want a supported self-build project and 2 want design only.

The number who are interested in a detached build is 14, semi-detached is 9 and terraced is 6.

Number of bedrooms needed:

Bedrooms Number of individuals
1 1
2 3
3 11
4 12
5 1
6 1

Savings available for the project:

Savings Number of individuals
£5,000 - £9,000 1
£10,000 - £24,000 2
£25,000 - £49,000 3
£50,000 - £74,000 1
£75,000 - £99,000 1
£100,000 - £149,000 2
£150,000 - £199,000 2
£200,000 - £249,000 4
£250,000 - £299,000 2
over £300,000 7
No data 4

Mortgage required for the project:

Amount of mortgage required Number of individuals
under £50,000 4
£50,000 - £99,000 4
£100,000 - £149,000 6
£150,000 - £199,000 5
£200,000 - £299,000 1
£300,000 - £399,000 0
over £400,000 7

Reasons for the project:

Reason Number of individuals
Individual needs 9
Capital costs 5
Running costs 8
Environmental 1
Location 1
Quality and specification 1

The number who want to undertake the project within 1 year is 19, within 1-2 years is 7 and within 2-3 years is 1.