Self-build and custom house building
This is where an individual or associations of individuals register to build their own home or contracts a builder to create a 'custom built' home for them.
The council has a register to collect data on those who are interested in building or designing their own homes in the London Borough of Hillingdon.
The council is running a 6-week public consultation from 29 June to 8 August 2020 on proposed changes to the entry requirements to Hillingdon's self-build and custom-build register.
What is the register?
The Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015, imposed a duty upon relevant authorities to maintain a register of individuals and associations of individuals who are seeking to acquire serviced plots of land in their area, in order to build homes for their occupation. The council is required to grant planning permission for enough self-build plots to meet demand, as evidenced by the register.
New local eligibility criteria
In October 2016, new regulations allowed local authorities to set local eligibility requirements (in addition to the general national requirements) and to charge a fee for entries on to the register, as well as an annual fee to remain on the register.
One of the key advantages of introducing local eligibility requirements is to ensure the register better reflects local demand for land for custom and self-build housing and to assist the council in better meeting its obligations.
Local authorities who set up local eligibility criteria must divide their self-build register into two parts. Part 1 will only include those entries meeting all of the eligibility requirements set by the council and Part 2 will include those entries that meet the nationally applicable standards. The total number of entries on Part 1 of the register will be the baseline demand for plots for which need must be met within 3 years.
Part 1 proposed criteria
Hillingdon Council has opted to set specific local eligibility criteria and is now consulting on what these criteria should be. The council has proposed the following local eligibility criteria for joining Part 1 of the register:
- residency in the borough for at least 10 years prior to the date of application*; or
- in the service of the regular armed forces or have served in the armed forces within the previous 3 years, prior to the date of application; and
- able to provide evidence of access to sufficient resources to purchase land of at least £225,000 (based on a local land valuation assessment); and
- for associations of individuals wishing to be added to the register, at least three-quarters of the members must meet the local connection criteria above and be able to demonstrate the association collectively has sufficient financial resources to purchase a plot large enough to accommodate its members.
The council is proposing that the 10-year residency requirement be reduced from 10 years to 5 years, provided the applicant can demonstrate they are a household which is either Irish Traveller/ Romany Gypsy or non-UK national, with refugee status in the UK and who would qualify under this section for inclusion on the housing register.
If, in the opinion of the council, the inability to meet the residency requirements is the result of their racial origin or related circumstances or lifestyle, the council will assess whether the applicant has made a community contribution for the whole or substantial part of the period of their residency in the borough. This includes helping borough residents, undertaking paid, unpaid or voluntary work in the borough, being a recognised carer for an elderly or disabled adult or child, or other special reasons to be decided on a case by case basis by the council.
Part 2 proposed changes
It's proposed that national eligibility criteria for Part 2 of the register are also adopted, which requires the applicant to be:
- over 18 years old; and
- a British citizen or national of an EEA state; and
- seeking to acquire a serviced plot of land to build a house to occupy as a sole or main residence
Finally, the introduction of fees for joining each part of the register as follows are proposed:
- Fee for Part 1 of the register: £90 for entry and an annual retention fee of £30
- Fee for Part 2 of the register: £45 (no annual retention fee)
Have your say
The council are seeking views on alternative local connection provisions and eligibility criteria as part of the consultation. It will await the result of the public consultation before assessing if any alterations to the proposed eligibility criteria are needed. The outcome of the public consultation together with a full Equalities Impact Assessment will be reported back to Cabinet for consideration prior to any changes being made.
The following key documents my help inform your consultation responses:
- 21 May 2020 Cabinet Report - Self-build and custom-build housing (charging and eligibility) criteria - this document explains the reasoning behind the local eligibility and charging criteria being proposed
- - this document identifies potential equalities and human rights impacts and proposes mitigation/solutions where appropriate
- government guidance on self-build and custom housebuilding registers
We look forward to hearing your views on the above. Please email responses by 8 August to email@example.com, or in writing to:
London Borough of Hillingdon,
3N, Civic Centre,
If you have any further questions, please email the council's planning policy team at the same email address as above.
Current eligibility criteria
Applicants must meet all of the eligibility criteria for entry on the register. Each individual applicant and every member of an association of individuals that applies for entry on the register must be:
- aged 18 or older
- a British citizen, a national of an EEA state other than the United Kingdom, or a national of Switzerland
- seeking (either alone or with others) to acquire a serviced plot of land in the relevant authority's area to build a house to occupy as their sole or main residence
Note: Couples or members of one household should nominate one member of the couple or household to apply for entry on the register as an individual. When applying to be entered on the register, individuals who wish to register as an association must appoint a member or officer to act as the lead contact for the purposes of correspondence between the association and the council.