LPP2: Site Allocations and Development Management Policies

Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding

6.5  The Council has a legal responsibility to keep a register of individuals and interested associations of individuals that are seeking a plot of land to construct a self or custom build house as a sole or main residence. The Council must also have regard to the Register when carrying out its planning, housing, and land disposal functions.

6.6  The Council has maintained a Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding Register since January 2016. In total as at October 2019, there are 91 applicants registered on the Waverley Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding Register. Of these applicants 24 qualified for Part 1 of the Register having satisfied the local connection test and paid the required entry and/or renewal fee.

6.7  The Council is required to grant sufficient planning permissions to meet the demand for plots shown on their Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding Register. Authorities have three years, at the end of each base period, in which to permit an equivalent number of plots of land to the number of applicants on Part 1 of their Register, which are suitable for Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding.

6.8  Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding projects present an opportunity for innovative new design, and to broaden the range of types and styles of housing being built in the Borough. Developers should seek to ensure that Self and Custom Build projects respond positively to their built and natural context. As demand will often be for detached plots, developers should promote the efficient use of land and resources in accordance with Policy CC2 in Local Plan Part 1.

6.9  Communities preparing Neighbourhood Plans will be encouraged to consider the identification of sites for Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding projects within their Neighbourhood Plan Area.

6.10  Policy DM36 will assist the Council in granting sufficient planning permissions to meet the demand for plots in the Borough, as evidenced by the Waverley Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Register.

DM36: Self-build and Custom Housebuilding

To support prospective self and custom builders, development proposals of 20 or more additional dwellings, will be expected to make available at least 5% of dwelling plots for sale to self or custom builders, having regard to the level of outstanding demand on the Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Register.

Where an applicant considers that it is not viable to meet the 5% requirement the Council will expect this to be demonstrated with robust evidence and may negotiate a proportion which is achievable.

Where a developer is required to provide self and custom build plots, the plots should be made available, and be priced and marketed appropriately as self-build or custom housebuilding plots for at least 12 months. Where plots have been appropriately marketed and have not sold within this time period these plots may either remain on the open market as self or custom build or be built out by the developer for conventional market housing.

The Council will also support Self-build and Custom Housebuilding on smaller residential development sites, where schemes are appropriate to the scale, design and character of the existing community.

Local Plan Part 1 parent policies

Policy AHN3: Housing Types and Size

Other documents or guidance

Waverley Borough Council Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding Register

Monitoring

Indicator:

Number of self-building and custom housebuilding plots granted against the need identified through the Council’s Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding Register.

Target:

Sufficient permissions for self-build and custom housebuilding plots granted to meet the demand on the Council’s Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding Register.