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Self-build and custom housebuilding

Self-build Register

The Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015 is in place from 1 April 2016 and puts a duty on councils to keep a register of individuals and organisations who want to acquire land for self-build homes, and to have regard to this register in carrying out its planning, housing, land disposal and regeneration functions. Registering does not mean the council is able to provide plots.

The information can be used to support opportunities for self-build and custom build by increasing awareness among landowners, builders and developers as to the level and nature of demand. We will report the general level of demand in our Annual Monitoring Report, starting with the 2016-17 report.

Who is eligible to be included on the register?

Individuals (or an association of individuals) can be included on the register.

Each individual applicant must be:

Registering your interest

By signing up, you will help us find out more about the demand for self-build plots within the borough, where people would like their plot to be and the type of house they would like to build. Note that registration does not guarantee that a suitable plot will be identified or become available.

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

Include the following information:

Additionally, if you are acting for an association or organisation:

If no longer want your details to be included you can email, or write to us to be removed. Your entry will be deleted within 28 days of your request and we will not pass your personal details to anyone without your permission.

More information

The Government's Planning Portal has more information about self-build and the registration scheme.

If you have any questions about the register you can email or phone 01795 417249.

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