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Self Build and Custom Build Register

The Self Build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015 requires local councils to establish local registers of people or groups looking to buy land to commission or build their own home(s). This will support aspiring self and custom builders in their area.

What is the purpose of the register?

The Government wants to enable more people to build or commission their own home. This register will provide an indication of the demand for self/custom build in Sunderland and allow the council to identify sites which may be suitable for development of this type.

Why should people or groups register?

The council will use the information to explore ways in which it might be possible for people and plots to be brought together. Registration does not however guarantee that a suitable plot will be identified, or become available.

This register is the only method to apply to join Sunderland City Council's Self-Build and Custom Build Register.  If you have previously registered with a different organisation this is unrelated to the council's register and we will not have your details.

Who is eligible to register?

You will need to meet eligibility criteria in order to make a valid application. An individual is eligible for entry on the register if they are:

      Aged 18 or over;

      A British Citizen, a national of an EEA State other than the United Kingdom, or a national of Switzerland; and

      Seeking (either alone or with others) to acquire a serviced plot.

An association is eligible for entry in the register if each member of the association meets all of the eligibility requirements for an individual set out above.

If you would like to register your interest for a self-build or custom build plot, please complete the online registration form.  To do this, first you will need to register online.

Use the following link to access the consultation portal

Please note that the registration form is designed to be filled in by an individual. If you wish to make an entry as a household or a group, you should nominate a member of your household or group to act as a lead individual.

There is not currently a fee to register your interest, but there may be in future.

What does Sunderland's Self-build Custom Build Register tell us?

So far, as at 31 October 2019, there are 68 entrants in the register. 85% of entrants currently live within the Sunderland area and are looking for a self-build or custom build plot to live in Sunderland. 80% of all entrants have also expressed an interest, or have registered with, other North East local authorities' Self and Custom Build Registers.

Since the start-up of the Sunderland Self Build and Custom Build Register, 33 self or custom build homes have been granted planning permission between the 1 November 2016 and 31 October 2019.

The Council will continue to encourage self and custom build plots through the planning system through application of Core Strategy and Development Plan Policy H1- Housing Mix, when determining planning applications.


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