Since 2016 local councils in England have been required to keep a register of interest for those who wish to build their own homes. The Right to Build policy is part of the Housing and Planning Act 2016 and it is designed to help alleviate the housing crisis by forcing local authorities to consider the evidence of demand created by this register. This means that councils have a duty to ‘permission' sufficient serviced plots to meet the local demand.
The register works over a three year period, at the end of which they should have permissioned sufficient serviced plots to meet the local demand. The end of the first three-year period is now on the 31st October 2019 and the Nation Custom and Self Build Association (NaCSBA) will be reviewing which local authorities are fulfilling their duty.
The more people sign up to their local council’s register the more pressure this puts on the authorities, likely leading to an increase in the number of building plots becoming available for self builders in the future.
So why not sign up today to your local Right to Build Register by visiting