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Self-build and custom housebuilding

Self-build and custom housebuilding register

The Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015 (as amended by the Housing and Planning Act 2016) requires the Council to keep a register of individuals and associations of individuals who are seeking to acquire serviced plots of land within Swale for their own self-build and custom housebuilding. By signing up, you will help us find out more about the demand for self-build and custom housebuilding plots within the borough, where people would like their plot to be and the type of house they would like to build. This does not mean that we will be able to provide plots of land that specifically meet your requirements, but that the level of demand will be taken into account when carrying out our planning, housing, land disposal and regeneration functions.  We will report the general level of demand in our Annual Monitoring Report.

Who is eligible to be included on the register?

Individuals or associations can be included on the register.

An individual is eligible for entry on the register if that individual is:

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

Registering your interest

To register email or write to: Planning Policy Manager, Swale Borough Council, Swale House, East Street, Sittingbourne, ME10 3HT.

Please include the following information if you are applying as an individual:

Please include the following information if you are applying as an association:
  • the name and address of the association;
  • the name and address, date of birth and nationality of each member of the association;
  • confirmation that each member of the association is seeking (either alone or with others) to acquire a serviced plot of land for their own self-build and custom housebuilding;
  • the name and address (if different from the address of the association) of the lead contact; and
  • the number of serviced plots of land the members of the association are seeking to acquire.

An application for entry on or a request to be removed from the register will be determined or actioned within 28 days from the date of receipt and you will be notified of the outcome in writing.

More information

More information and advice about self-build and custom housebuilding can be found using following links:

The Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015 (as amended by the Housing and Planning Act 2016)

The Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Regulations 2016

The Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Planning Practice Guidance

The Self-build Portal

The Planning Portal

If you have any questions about the register you can email or phone 01795 417395.

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