The Department for Communities and Local Government has published draft planning practice guidance on the requirements of the Self-build and Custom Housebuilding (Register) Regulations 2016 (SI 2016/105), which will take effect on 1 April 2016.
The legislation can be viewed by clicking here and the guidance can be viewed by clicking here.
Local planning authorities should follow the guidance when compiling self-build and custom housebuilding registers of those individuals, and associations of individuals, seeking serviced plots of land for building their own home. Furthermore, local planning authorities must have regard to the registers when carrying out their planning, housing, disposal and regeneration functions.
The guidance is not just useful for local planning authorities though, it will also be of interest to individuals considering building their own home and also to smaller builders seeking commissions for such projects. The registers should make it easier for people to find suitable serviced plots. The initiative aims to also diversify housing supply and, with the data feeding into local plan policies, mean custom homes are factored into a planning authorities regeneration plans.
If you are looking to purchase land for development, whether that be for a personal self-build project or for larger scale development, then our specialist advisors here at Wilson Browne Solicitors are here to help you.
Please contact Tom Warrender for further advice.