Self Build and Custom Housebuilding

    Stafford Borough Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Register

    With effect from 1 April 2016, the Council must keep a register of individuals and groups who want to acquire land within Stafford Borough for self-build homes.

    Please be aware that self build homes are subject to the same requirement for planning permission as other homes. The submission of a site on to the register does not guarantee planning permission, nor does it prejudice any planning decision the Council may make for a particular site.

    Putting forward a site on to the register is simply an expression of interest that an individual or an association is looking to acquire a self-build plot in a particular locality.  The local authority must then assess the demand and ensure sufficient plots are provided to meet that demand in the Borough as a whole (there is no duty to meet the needs of particular locations).

    To be included on the register please complete the application form (Word Document).  Please note only forms with a written signature will be accepted.

    The information gathered will help us to find out more about the demand for custom and self-build plots in the Borough of Stafford, where people would like their plot to be and the type of dwelling that they would like to build.

    In submitting this form, you are agreeing that the council can use the data you provide to understand the demand for custom build and self-build housing.

    Personal details included on the form will not be made public.

    Please find below the published Stafford Borough Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Register:-

    Providing Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Plots

    The Borough Council is working towards providing Self-build and Custom Housing building plots through the following mechanisms in line with government guidance:

    • considering the development of policies through the New Local Plan which commenced in July 2017;
    • reviewing land to see if any plots are available and suitable for self-build and custom housebuilding;
    • engaging with landowners who own sites that are suitable for housing and encouraging them to consider self-build and custom housebuilding;
    • working with developers to maximise opportunities for self-build and custom housebuilding.

    The following links provide access to potential plots:

    Specialist ‘plot finding’ websites

    Other online sources including PrimeLocation, Rightmove, Zoopla and the more commercial sites: Movehut and Commercial People.

    Stafford Borough Council’s online planning application database which include sites with planning permission.  

    Further Information

    Planning Practice Guidance - Self-build and Custom Housebuilding

    The Self Build Portal

    Planning Portal - Self build homes


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