From 1 April 2016 local authorities in England are obliged to keep a register of those interested in finding a self-build plot in their area.
The registers will work alongside measures due to come into force in the upcoming Housing and Planning Bill, which will require authorities to ensure they have sufficient shovel ready plots to match the local demand on their register (known as the ‘Right to Build’). The ways in which councils must meet this need for suitable land will be clarified once the Bill gets Royal Assent later this year.
To assist those interested in finding a self-build plot the National Custom & Self-Build Association (NaCSBA) has launched The Right to Build Portal.
The new site includes a simple tool that allows users to easily locate their local authority’s register, as well as those of the next five closest councils. Entering your town, city or postcode will return the appropriate Right to Build register.
The website also offers general information about Right to Build, advice on finance, news, case studies and answers to frequently asked questions on self and custom build homes.