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Consultation on the Derbyshire Dales Self Build Register

We're consulting on changes to the Self Build and Custom Build Register.

What is self-build and custom build?

Self-build housing usually means that you are directly involved in organising the design and construction of your new home. Custom build usually means working with a specialist developer to help you deliver your home. There may be some overlap between the two – for example some custom build developers offer the option of a serviced plot where you can design and build your own home as part of a larger scheme.

The Self-Build and Custom Build Register

The Government wants to enable more people to build or commission their own home. To ensure that the District Council understands the level of demand for this form of housebuilding it is required to maintain a register of individuals and associations of individuals. The information held by the register will allow the District Council to develop their housing and planning policies to support the kinds of self and custom build projects that would be most appropriate.

Consultation on changes to the self-build registration process

The District Council is proposing to make changes to the way in which it administers the Register and would like your views on these changes. In order to establish the true level of demand and provide certainty for all parties that the right amount of plots for self-build and custom building are provided. The District Council is proposing to introduce, a local area connection test and a financial solvency test as part of the application process. The District Council is also proposing to introduce an application fee and a fee for applicants to maintain their registration.

The consultation will run for a period of six weeks starting on the 7th December 2017 and finishing on 18th January 2018.

If you would like to comment upon the proposals, please complete the online survey

Proposed changes to local eligibility criteria for the Self and Custom Build

The Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding Regulations 2016 allow Local Planning Authorities to set eligibility criteria and split the register into two parts. Those persons or associations that satisfy the eligibility criteria are placed on Part 1 of the Register and those that fail are placed on Part 2 of the Register. As such the District Council is proposing to introduce the following requirements that applicants on the Register will need to satisfy:

Local Connection Test

To be eligible for entry onto of the Register applicants will need to meet the following local connection test:

  • Have been living in the District (including the Peak District National Park) for at least five years prior to their application; or
  • Have been working in full-time employment (greater than 16 hours per week) in the District for at least three years and continue to do so.  

Applications for entry onto the Register will need to be accompanied by the following financial information: The District Council will require evidence of residency, for example, through submission of utility bills, Council Tax statements and/or lease agreements, or any other information which demonstrates residency beyond doubt. The District Council will also require evidence of employment history through employment contracts. The District Council will ask for further information where necessary. Persons in the service of the regular armed forces of the Crown, as defined by section 374 of the Armed Forces Act 2006, are deemed to satisfy the ‘local connection’ test whilst in service and for a period of five years after leaving service. The District Council will require evidence of current service, or evidence of past service including the date of leaving service.

Failure to provide evidence to substantiate the local connection above will deem the applicant to have failed to meet the local connection test and will therefore not be eligible for entry on the main part of the Register.

Financial Solvency Test

Applications for entry onto the Register will need to be accompanied by the following financial information:

  • Dated Valid Self Build Mortgage Offer or Other Loan Facility
  • Proof of Savings
  • Estate Agent Valuation for Existing Property
  • Recent Residential Mortgage Statement for Existing Property
  • Any Other Relevant Financial Information

Failure to provide some or all of this information will deem the applicant to have failed to meet the financial solvency criteria and will therefore not be eligible for entry on the main part of the Register.

 Proposed Charging Fees for the Self Build and Custom Build Register

The Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding Regulations 2016 allow Local Planning Authorities to charge a fee for entry onto the register and a separate annual fee for remaining on it. The Act however only allows for fees to be set on a cost recovery basis. Taking account of Officer time, and the need for specialist advice on financial solvency the District Council is proposing to introduce the following fees schedule:

 Application Fee  £50
 Registration Fee for Entry on Part 1    £100
 Registration Fee for Entry on Part 2  £25
 Annual Register Maintenance Fee Part 1  £100
 Annual Register Maintenance Fee Part 2     £25

It is proposed that Community Groups, whose membership meets the mandatory eligibility criteria for entry onto the Register should be exempt from the paying the above application fees.

A flow chart which summarises the proposed changes to the application and consideration process for entry onto the Register can be viewed here.

Registering your interest for self or custom build plot?

You can still continue to register your interest for a self or custom build plot either individually or as an association, by completing the current self-build registration form.

Data on the Self Build Register and Data Protection

By registering you are agreeing that we can use the information you provide to understand demand for people wishing to build their own homes. However, all personal data collected will be stored securely by the District Council in accordance with the Data Protection Act. The register will not be a public document and the District Council will not publish any data that can be identifiable to an individual on the register. However the District Council may publish data on trends and nature of demand.

More Information on self-build and custom house building

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the Planning Policy Team on: 01629 761243 or by email to: localplan@derbyshiredales.gov.uk