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

Introduction

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 minimum requirements for entry on the Register are: the applicants 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.

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. 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.

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, 31 March 2015, to the 31 October 2016. 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 third base period 31st October 2017 to 30th October 2018.

A total of 9 people submitted an application to appear on the Register of Interest. All 9 are based in or with links to the TDBC area and all submitted the required qualifying information for entry onto Part 2 of the Register.

The LPA has a duty to grant suitable permissions, or permissions in principal, for serviced plots of land to the number of people on Part 1 of the Register of Interest. The timescale for the granting of 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.

29 planning permissions were granted for the Second Base Period (20 TDBC and 9 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 9 (all plots are in TDBC).

The number of plots sought is 9.

The number of applicants household income that is under £60,000 is 8 and over £60,000 is 1.

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 Open countryside* Other
South Taunton x 1 Wiveliscombe Sampford Arundel Duddlestone, Orchard Portman Milverton Parish
Wellington x1 Churchstanton   Ford, Wiveliscombe  

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

WSC

Open countryside*
Luxborough

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

The number who are interested in a single individual home project is 7 and the number who are interested in a collective or group build project is 2.

8 want a self-build project, whereas 1 wants design only.

The number who are interested in a detached build is 8 and semi-detached is 1.

Number of bedrooms needed:

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

Savings available for the project:

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

Mortgage required for the project:

Amount of mortgage required Number of individuals
under £50,000 1
£50,000 - £99,000 0
£100,000 - £149,000 3
£150,000 - £199,000 1
£200,000 - £299,000 1
£300,000 - £399,000 0
over £400,000 0
No data 3

Reasons for the project:

Reason Number of individuals
Individual needs 4
Capital costs 1
Running costs 4
Environmental 0
Location 0
Quality and specification 0

The number who want to undertake the project within 1 year is 8 and within 1-2 years is 1.