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Custom and self build homes

Custom house building and self build includes; individuals constructing their own homes to communities project managing small developments. You can apply to join our Self-Build Register if you wish to express an interest in custom and self build homes in South Lakeland. The Register is used to inform us on future policies and does not override our current policies such as the Core Strategy.

All applicants will need to go through the planning application process. Do I need planning permission provides guidance and step by step instructions about this process.

Register of interest

The information contained in the register contributes to the development of local planning policies and the assessment of future housing need in the area. It also creates a way in which we can communicate with you. We may publicise the data from the Register.

Registering your interest does not form part of your planning application or guarantee any planning application or the availability of suitable plots or eligibility for plots.

To express an interest in custom and self build homes in our area, please contact us on the details below for our application form. Return your form to our Affordable Housing Officers at the address below.

To join the register you will need to meet the following criteria; this applies to individuals looking to take on a project or each individual in a group or association:

  • you must be aged 18 or over
  • you must be a British Citizen, a national of an EEA State other than the United Kingdom, or a national of Switzerland
  • you must be looking to acquire a serviced plot of land in the South Lakeland District to build a house to live in as your sole or main residence

If you want to build in the National Park areas, you will need to contact the relevant National Park authority directly and join their register.

Lake District National Park

Telephone: 01539 724 555

Yorkshire Dales National Park

Telephone: 01969 652 349

Useful links

Plot browser is a national online plot finding service

Self build portal is a government endorsed self build resource

Which? How to build your own home

Guidance: self build and custom housebuilding

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