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Self-Build and Custom Build Register

The Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015 places a duty on local councils in England to keep and have regard to a register of people who are interested in self build or custom build projects in their area.

This register will help inform the council of the level of demand for self-build and custom build plots in St Helens and enable the council to develop a strategy for matching people to plots in their area.

If you would like to register your interest for a custom or self build plot, please complete the registration form linked below and send to the email or postal address on the form. 

By signing up, you will help us find out more about the demand for custom and self build plots in St Helens, where people would like their plot to be and the type of house that they would like to build. 

We shall use the information to explore ways in which it might be possible for people and plots to be brought together. Registration does not however guarantee that a suitable plot will be identified, or become available.

Until recently building your own home was known as 'self-build'. In 2011, the term 'custom build housing' was introduced in the Government's Housing Strategy for England. 

Self-build projects are defined as those where someone directly organises the design and construction of their own home. This covers a wide range of projects including a traditional DIY self-build home to projects where the self builder employs someone to build their home for them. Community-led projects can also be defined as self-build.

Custom build homes are where you work with a developer as an individual or a group to help deliver your own home. The developer may help to find a plot, manage the construction and arrange the finance for your new home. This is more of a hands-off approach but your home will be tailored to match your individual requirements.

If you would like to know more about the Right to Build project, have any queries about the registration, or would like a copy of the registration form sent to you, please contact:

Planning Policy Team

Telephone: 01744 676190

Email planningpolicy@sthelens.gov.uk