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Self build and Custom House building

The Self Build and Custom Housing Building Act 2015 requires Local Authorities to keep and maintain a register of individuals and groups who are seeking to acquire serviced plots to self build or custom build homes.

Self build is when you are directly involved in organising the design and construction of your new home. Custom build is when you work with a Developer to help you construct your new home.  Sometimes these methods merge such as when custom build Developers offer the option of a serviced plot where you can design and build your own home as part of a larger scheme.

Self Build and Custom House Building Register application form (PDF 127KB/ 4pages)

Eligibility to join our register

Any individual or each individual in a group or association will need to meet the following criteria. You must be:

By joining our register, you will help us:

  • find out more about the demand for serviced plots for self build and custom house building in this area
  • explore ways in which we may bring people and plots together
  • develop our future housing and planning policies. Our current policies can be found in our:

Parts of the South Lakeland district are within National Parks. To express interest in self build in those areas, contact the relevant National Park planning authority to join their self build register:

Lake District National Park
Tel: 01539 724 555
Email: planning@lakedistrict.gov.uk

Yorkshire Dales National Park
Tel: 01969 652 349
Email: planning@yorkshiredales.org.uk

Our interactive boundary map outlines which planning authority covers the area where you are seeking a plot.

Remember that any self build or custom house building project will require planning advice.

Tips to find plots of land:

Amend/removal from register

Contact us in writing to amend or remove your details from the register. In the case of an Association, the lead contact must put the request to us in writing.

Published register

Data from our register below shows the locations where current members have expressed an interest in building their own homes. Owners and Developers with serviced plots of land for sale can provide their contact and plot details to the Housing Strategy team who will pass them on to those on the register. To try and match your plot site with potential interest, please enter the location in the search field below.

Note: The general requirements of a serviced plot of land are that the plot has access to a public highway and connections for electricity, water and waste water.

 Registered plot seeker unique number  Locations of interest
5 Cartmel, Grange, Kendal, Levens, Witherslack
34 Flookburgh
35 Flookburgh
40 Cartmel
9 Kendal
18 any
28 Kendal, Oxenholme
38 Kendal, Ulverston and surrounding area
22 Kendal
39 Kendal
55 Kendal
57 Kendal
32 Burneside, Kendal, Levens, Burton, Holme, Endmoor, Old Hutton
36 Burton-in-Kendal
47 Burton-in-Kendal
48 Burton-in-Kendal
49 Burton-in-Kendal
50 Burton-in-Kendal
51 Beetham
54 Arnside, Beetham, Burton-in-Kendal, Hutton Roof, Holme, Kirkby Lonsdale, Lupton,
Heversham, Milnthorpe, Hincaster, Levens, Preston Patrick and Richard
58 Heversham
46 Kirkby Lonsdale
37 High Carley, Pennington Parish, Ulverston
41 High Carley, Pennington Parish, Ulverston
42 High Carley, Pennington Parish, Ulverston
43 Ulverston, Lowick Greenodd
44 Ulverston
53 Ulverston Pennington, Aldingham and Urswick
45 Ulverston, Oxenholme & Witherslack
52 Unspecified
18 any
20 any
25 Unspecified
56 Unspecified Rural
59 Unspecified Rural Village
60 Unspecified Rural Village
61 Coastal areas

Useful links

National Custom & Self Build Association portal 
Which? How to build your own home
Guidance: self build and custom housebuilding

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