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Huntingdonshire’s Custom and Self-Build Register

We have a responsibility to have a register of people/organisations who are looking to construct self or custom build homes for use as their main or sole residence.

The register is divided into two parts:

  • Part One keeps track of local demand for self-build and custom housebuilding. People/organisations that appear in Part One of the register must meet the Local Connections Test.

  • Part Two keeps track of general demand for self-build and custom build. People/organisations that appear in Part Two of the register do not need to meet the Local Connections Test.

The Local Connections Test

In order to meet the Local Connection Test you must meet one of the following criteria:

  • currently live in Huntingdonshire

  • currently work in Huntingdonshire

  • have a close family member who lives in Huntingdonshire (parents/step-parents, grandparents, children, grandchildren, siblings)

  • have previously lived in Huntingdonshire for at least three years and wish to return to the area

  • be, or have been in the service of the regular armed forces of the Crown.

Meeting these criteria allows you or your organisation to be added to Part 1 of the register. Huntingdonshire District Council must count entries on Part 1 of the register towards the number of suitable serviced plots that they must grant development permission for.

How do I register?

To be eligible to register you must:

  • be aged 18 or older

  • be a British citizen, a national of an EEA State other than the United Kingdom, or a national of Switzerland

  • be seeking (either alone or with others) to acquire a serviced plot of land in the relevant authority's area for their own self-build and custom housebuilding project and

  • meet the local connection test to be entered onto Part One of the register or go on Part Two.

You can register your interest in acquiring a plot of land for custom or self-build housing by clicking on 'Custom and Self Build Housing Register 31 October 2023 to 30 October 2024 on our consultation portal. You will need to log in or register to be able to complete the registration form.

What happens to my information?

Information from the register, such as what house type people are interested in, preferred location, plot size etc will be published in our Annual Monitoring Report. This is a regulatory requirement and also enables developers and landowners to assess demand in the district.

The Full register will not be made public, although we will report headline data – such as the overall demand for self-build and custom build in Huntingdonshire – in the Annual Monitoring Report.

More information about custom and self-build homes can be found in the National Planning Practice Guidance.

We will periodically review and update the register. We may ask for confirmation of your continued interest in building in the district, or whether you have met your self-build requirements at certain intervals to ensure that the register remains accurate and up to date.

What are you doing to promote custom and self-build housing?

To promote custom and self-build housing we have included two policies in the Huntingdonshire Local Plan to 2036 to help meet the needs of people on the register and to encourage developers and landowners to provide land for custom and self-build homes:

  • Policy ‘LP 25 Housing Mix’ and

  • Policy ‘LP 28 Rural Exceptions Housing’

Two Neighbourhood Plans have also included policies supportive of custom and self-build:

Once you are on the register we will also contact you when planning permissions are granted for custom and self-build plots where they are for sale/rent.

Advice and funding for custom and self-build

For further information on custom and self-build projects you can consult the National Custom and Self Build Association’s homepage or their portal page for a step-by-step guide.

The government also provides funding for custom and self-build homes through the Home Building Fund and further information can be found at Homes England.

Finding a custom and self-build plot

The following are links to plot finder websites where you can find plots for sale.

We cannot guarantee that plots found on these websites will be granted planning permission.


For further information on what to look for you can consult our Guide to Finding Plots for Custom and Self-Build page.

The Guide is intended as a general aid and cannot be used to guarantee planning permission as plots will be assessed on an individual basis.

The register – facts and figures

Headline data from the register, such as what house type people are interested in, preferred location, plot size etc can be found in Part 2 of the Annual Monitoring Report.

We are currently in the 9th base period covering 31 October 2023 to 30 October 2024. The following tables provide information for the previous 8 base periods and are updated annually at the end of each period.

Table 1. Number of individuals registered on Part 1 and Part 2

One organisation registered on Huntingdonshire’s Custom and Self-Build Register in base period 6.

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Base Period

Year

Part One

Part Two

Total

First

1 Apr 2016 - 30 Oct 2016

10

2

12

Second

31 Oct 2016 - 30 Oct 2017

23

2

25

Third

31 Oct 2017 - 30 Oct 2018

48

22

70

Fourth

31 Oct 2018 - 30 Oct 2019

47

32

79

Fifth

31 Oct 2019 - 30 Oct 2020

28

16

44

Sixth

31 Oct 2020 - 30 Oct 2021

36

27

63

Seventh

31 Oct 2021 - 30 Oct 2022

32

16

48

Eighth

31 Oct 2022 - 30 Oct 2023

15

1

16

All periods

All on Register 1 Apr 16 - 30 Oct 23

226

112

338

Table 2. Applications with CIL Exemptions for Custom and Self-Build Dwellings *

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Base Period

Year

Number of Exemptions

Number of Planning Applications

First

1 Apr 2016 - 30 Oct 2016

18

13

Second

31 Oct 2016 - 30 Oct 2017

39

36

Third

31 Oct 2017 - 30 Oct 2018

55

49

Fourth

31 Oct 2018 - 30 Oct 2019

55

59

Fifth

31 Oct 2019 - 30 Oct 2020

50

48

Sixth

31 Oct 2020 - 30 Oct 2021

49

41

Seventh

31 Oct 2021 - 30 Oct 2022

46

40

Eighth

31 Oct 2022 - 30 Oct 2023

40

34

All periods

All on Register 1 Apr 16 - 30 Oct 23

359

319

*An application for more than one dwelling will have an exemption for each dwelling.

Table 3. Custom and Self-Build Completions

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Year

Completions

2014 - 2015

2

2015 - 2016

14

2016 - 2017

24

2017 - 2018

12

2018 - 2019 40
2019 - 2020

31

2020 - 2021

57

2021 - 2022

24

2022 - 2023

48

Total 2014 - 2023

257

*Completions Monitoring year is from 1 April to 31 March

35 custom or self-build units were under construction as at 31 March 2023