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

Introduction

Under the Self and Custom House-building Act 2015 (as amended by the Housing and Planning Act 2016), Local Planning Authorities (LPA’s) are required to keep a register of individuals and associations of individuals who are seeking to acquire serviced plots of land in the authority’s area for their own self-build and custom house-building projects.

The Self-build and Custom House-building (Register) Regulations 2016 state that the minimum requirements for entry on the Register are the applicant's name, address, date of birth, nationality and the number of serviced plot(s) of land they are seeking (either alone or with others) on which to build their sole or main residence. These details are kept on Part 2 of the Register.

Under the Self and Custom House-building Act 2015 (as amended by the Housing and Planning Act 2016), the LPA can request additional information to help understand the nature of the demand and to inform planning, housing, regeneration and disposal of assets. It can also apply affordability and local eligibility criteria according to the Self-build and Custom House-building (Register) Regulations 2016. Under the Self and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015 (as amended by the Housing and Planning Act 2016), these details are kept on Part 1 of the Register. The LPA has a duty to grant suitable planning permission for those numbers on the Register who fulfil these criteria.

As a result of the Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015 (as amended by the Housing and Planning Act 2016), the LPA is required to publicise the Register, publish headline data in its Authority Monitoring Report and produce an annual summary of the Register Base Periods. The first base period is the date the LPA first established a Register, 31st March 2015, to the 31st October 2016. This is as detailed in the Self and Custom House-building Act 2015 (as amended by the Housing and Planning Act 2016) whereby the first base period must run from the day the register was established to the day before the day on which section 10 of the Housing and Planning Act 2016 came into force. Each subsequent 12 months is a base period.

In 2015 Taunton Deane Borough Council (TDBC) and West Somerset Council (WSC) launched their first Register of Interest. This report is concerned with the second base period 31st October 2016 to 30th October 2017.

A total of 18 persons submitted an application to appear on the Register of Interest. Out of those, 15 (12 based in or with links to the TDBC area, 3 based in or with links to the WSC area, 3 outside LPA area and no links declared) persons submitted the required qualifying information for entry onto Part 2 of the Register. Of those, 14 (11 TDBC and 3 WSC) qualified for Part 1 of the Register.

Under the Self and Custom House-building Act 2015 (as amended by the Housing and Planning Act 2016), the LPA has a duty to grant suitable permissions, or permissions in principal, for serviced plots of land to the number of persons on Part 1 of the Register of Interest. The Self build and Custom Build Regulations 2016 (2016 950) and the Housing & Planning Act 2016 define a plot of land as a serviced plot of land if it has an access to a public highway and has connections for electricity, water and waste water, or can in the opinion of the relevant authority be provided with those things within the duration of a development permission granted in relation to that land. The timescale for the granting permission is three years from the Base Period. Permissions granted before the start of the first base period (31st March 2015) cannot be counted, and permissions cannot apply to more than one Base Period.

In the first Base Period there were 34 planning permissions granted (27 in the TDBC area, 7 in the WSC area) - this covers the first and second base period demand. However, it could be considered reasonable to take the second base demand from applications granted within the second base period. 25 planning permissions were granted for the second base period (15 TDBC, 10 WSC).

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 its planning, housing, regeneration and asset functions. Part 2 summarises that information.

The number of Individuals on Part 2 of the Register of Interest is 18 (11 interested in plots in TDBC, 6 plots in WSC, 1 specified no location).

The number of plots sought is 18.

The number of applicants household income that is under £60,000 is 12 and over £60,000 is 6.

The number of applicants who are on Somerset Homefinder is 1.

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

TDBC

Principal/secondary TDBC settlement Major/minor rural centre Village with settlement limit Other
Taunton x 2 Wiveliscombe Corfe “Taunton Area” x 3
Wellington x 1 Milverton West Buckland  
  Bradford-on-Tone    

WSC

Rural service centre Open countryside* Other
Minehead x 2 Withycombe “West Somerset” x 2
  Brompton Ralph  

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

All 18 are interested in a single individual home project.

12 want a self-build project, whereas 5 want a supported self-build project and 1 wants design only.

The number who are interested in a detached build is 17 and semi-detached is 1.

Number of bedrooms needed:

Bedrooms Number of individuals
1 0
2 2
3 11
4 2
5 3
6 0

Savings available for the project:

Savings Number of individuals
£5,000 - £9,000 0
£10,000 - £24,000 1
£25,000 - £49,000 2
£50,000 - £74,000 2
£75,000 - £99,000 0
£100,000 - £149,000 3
£150,000 - £199,000 3
£200,000 - £249,000 2
£250,000 - £299,000 1
over £300,000 3
No data 1

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 2
No data 7

Reasons for the project:

Reason Number of individuals
Individual needs 5
Capital costs 0
Running costs 9
Environmental 3
Location 1
Quality and specification 0

The number who want to undertake the project within 1 year is 14, within 1-2 years is 3 and within 3-4 years is 1.