**Please note you will need to apply for planning permission if it is not already in place on your chosen plot. Joining the Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Register does not guarantee that permission will be granted**
Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Register
Local planning authorities have a duty to keep a self-build and custom housebuilding register of individuals who have expressed an interest in purchasing serviced plots for self-build and custom housebuilding. The Planning Authority must have regard to the register when assessing planning, housing, land disposal and regeneration opportunities.
This register is for residents of Allerdale who want to express an interest in self-build and custom housebuilding outside the Lake District National Park. For information about self-build and custom housebuilding in the National Park, go to the Lake District National Park website.
Who can apply
Anyone can apply to join the Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Register. However, the Register is split in to parts 1 and 2 and which part of the register you join depends on the criteria you meet.
To join part 1 applicants must be abe to demonstrate that they meet all local eligibility conditions and all statutory requirements.
- Local eligibility conditions:
- local connection
- resident in Allerdale for at least 12 months
- no longer residing in Allerdale but was a resident for at least one of the last three years
- family association with an existing resident of at least 12 months residence in Allerdale. Family association is defined as spouse, civil partner, parent, child and siblings
- permanent employment in Allerdale or acceptance of the offer of employment
- financial viability
- provide written evidence of sufficient resources to purchase land
- Statutory requirements:
- aged 18 years or over
- a British citizen, a national of an EEA State other than the United Kingdom or a national of Switzerland
- be seeking (alone or with others) to acquire a serviced plot of land in Allerdale for a self-build and custom housebuilding project
Applicants who do not have a local connection, but who meet all other conditions will be eligible to join part 2 of the Register.
Applicants who do not have a local connection and who do not meet all other conditions will not be eligible to join the Register.
Joining the Register is subject to payment of a fee to Allerdale Borough Council. The fee differs according to which part of the Register you are eligible to join. You do not have to pay until we have confirmed which part of the Register you will join.
|Renewal Fee (annual)||£11|
If you join Part 1 of the Register, we will let you know when permission has been granted on a plot that the current owner does not want to develop. We will also offer support and advice on funding opportunities, including the Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Grant (see below).
Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Grant
To boost self-build and cutom housebuilding in Allerdale, the Council decided to allocate part of its self-build funding towards offering financial assistance to those on Part 1 of the Register.
The Council will grant a maximum of £1,800 to eligible individuals to cover the cost of submitting a planning application and paying building control fees. Recipients must use the Council's building control team.
In cases where an association is submitting a planning application on behalf of all members only one grant will be given. However, all members of an association may apply for a grant to cover their building control fees.
For more information about the Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Grant, please download the Guidance document and application form.
How to Apply
To apply for entry to the Allerdale Borough Council self-build and custom housebuilding register, please complete the appropriate form.
Completed application forms can be emailed to email@example.com or posted to:
For information about the evidence provided by the Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Register, please go to the Self-build Register - Information page.
You can download the Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Register Policy and the charging document from here:
The following sites link to organisations providing advice on the issues involved in self-build and custom housebuilding and promoting best practice.