On 1 April 2019 Forest Heath District Council and St Edmundsbury Borough Council will be replaced by a single district council called West Suffolk Council. It will entirely replace the borough and district councils but will continue to deliver the same services while finding improved ways of supporting communities, businesses and the local economy. Over the next few weeks you may notice changes to the website, forms, letters and emails, and there will be limited access to some of our online systems as we prepare for the creation of the new council.
We have a register of individuals and associations of individuals who are seeking to acquire serviced plots of land in the West Suffolk area. All local authorities are required by the Self-build and Custom house building Act 2015 to have a register.
The register helps us gauge the level of demand for self-build and custom house building in the area.
We look for opportunities for self-build in the area. If we know of any plots we will let those on the register know about them.
The information also helps us to bring together potential self or custom builders who want to build homes in the same area and to put them in touch with landowners, developers, land agents or other appropriate groups.
Registration does not guarantee that a suitable plot will be identified but it means we know who is interested if and when land becomes available.
Self-build and custom build housing can happen in a number of ways, from building a single house to larger developments.
An individual purchases a plot of land and builds a house to live in. They can manage the construction process and build the house themselves or they can employ a builder, architect and in some cases a project manager to oversee the build.
A group of people come together to design and develop a custom build housing development which they then live in. They may build this themselves or with help from a developer to manage the project.
Developers with large sites divide them it into single plots and offer a design and build service to the purchaser. This gives people a chance to tailor existing house designs to suit their preference and needs. This can sometimes offer a chance to finish the house yourself internally.
A cohousing project involves a constituted group of people creating their own neighbourhood of homes, with shared facilities such as a communal house. A community ethos is at the heart of this type of housing.
The Government has set the rules about who can register. The same rules apply in all local authority areas. An individual is eligible for entry on the register if that individual is:
If the applicant is a group or an association, each member must fulfil the eligibility criteria.
We and are working to provide a register of people interested in custom and self-build properties, so we can identify the number and location of plots of land required.
You can apply as an individual or as an association.
An association is a group of individuals including a body corporate that exercises functions on behalf of an association. Each member of the association is required to complete an association registration form.
If you are a couple or members of the same household wishing to build a single home, you only need to fill in one individual registration form in the name of one person.
If you would like to register your interest for a self-build or custom house building plot please complete the Custom/self-build interest questionnaire
If you have any further queries about the registration, please contact us by email firstname.lastname@example.org