**Joining the Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Register does not guarantee that permission will be granted. You will need to apply for planning permission on your chosen plot, if it is not already in place. **
What is the Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Register?
Local planning authorities have a duty to keep a self-build and custom housebuilding register of individuals and associations 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 those who want to express an interest in self-build and custom housebuilding in Allerdale but 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 is eligible to join the Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Register?
Individuals and associations 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. The Council has a duty to grant sufficient suitable development permission of serviced plots of land to meet the demand shown in part 1 of the Register.
To join part 1, individuals and all members of an association must be able to demonstrate that they meet all local eligibility conditions and all statutory requirements.
Local connection through any of the following conditions:
- resident in Allerdale for at least 12 months
- no longer residing in Allerdale but was a resident for at least one of the last five 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 through either of the following conditions:
- provide written evidence of sufficient resources to purchase the land you wish to build on
- provide evidence that you own the land you wish to build on
- aged 18 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 or 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.
Is there a fee to join the Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Register?
No. We do not ask you to pay to join our Self-build and Custom Housebuilding register.
What are the benefits of joining the Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Register?
If you join part 1 of the Register, we will get an idea of the self-build plots needed in Allerdale, and will keep you up to date on future developments. We are building up a plot-matching service which holds details of plots with planning permission that the current owner does not want to develop. We also offer support and advice on funding opportunities, including the Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Grant.
The Register acts as evidence of demand for self-build and custom housebuilding in Allerdale (outside the LDNP), joining part 1 of the Register obliges the Council to grant sufficient planning permissions to meet that demand.
How can I apply to join the Register?
To apply for entry to the Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding register, please complete the appropriate form.
Completed application forms can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, or posted to:
Housing Policy - SPP Team
Allerdale Borough Council
Workington CA14 3YJ
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 from here:
The following sites link to organisations providing advice on the issues involved in self-build and custom housebuilding and promoting best practice:
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