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Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Event


Thursday 1 November 2018, 5 pm – 8 pm


SEN Centre, Lakes College, Hallwood Road, Lillyhall Business Park, Workington, CA14 4JN


As part of Allerdale Borough Council’s commitment to promoting self-build and custom housebuilding in Allerdale, we have organised an evening event to provide an opportunity for those interested in self-build to network with industry experts and other self-builders.


The aim of the event is to provide an overview of how Allerdale Borough Council can help self-builders and the policies we have in place, and to allow self-builders to explore different ways in which self-build can be approached and give them an opportunity to talk to businesses involved in self-build projects.


The Government recognises that self-build and custom build housing is a great way to create high quality, value for money housing to help increase diversity in the UK housing market. The 2016 Allerdale Housing Study identified over 150 households in the area who would like to self-build.


If you would like to attend this event, or would like to exhibit your self-build service, please email


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

Applicants can register as an individual or as an association (a group of people wanting to build together). Each individual or member of an association that applies for entry on the register must be:

  • aged 18 or older;                    
  • a British citizen, a national of a European Economic Area (EEA) State other than the United Kingdom, or a national of Switzerland; and
  • seeking (alone or with others) to acquire a serviced plots of land in Allerdale to build a house to occupy as a sole or main residence

How to Apply

To apply for entry to the Allerdale Borough Council self-build and custom housebuilding register, please complete the appropriate form.

  Download an individual application form

Download an association application form

Completed application forms can be emailed to or posted to:

Research, Performance and Intelligence Officer (Housing)          
Allerdale Borough Council                                
Allerdale House            
CA14 3YJ
For more information about our self-build and custom housebuilding register, please contact
Entries on the register
None Individuals Associations
Base period 1 - to 30/10/2016 3 0
Base period 2 - 21/10/2016-30/10/2017 6 0
Total 9 0
None None None
Current location of those on the register
Location No. of entries
Allerdale 6
Cumbria 1
Other 2
Total 9
Preferred location for self-build and custom building of those on the register
Location No. of entries
Allerdale 1
Bothel 1
Broughton (Great & Little) 1
Cockermouth 5
Wigton 1
Total 9
Preferred build option of those on the register (applicants can choose more than one option.)
Build option No. of entries
Contractor built one off home 7
Developer built one off home 1
Developer/contractor led project 1
Independent community collaboration 2
Kit or package home 6
Self-build or one off home 6

Useful Links

The following sites link to organisations providing advice on the issues involved in self-build and custom housebuilding and promoting best practice.

self-build advice from