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Runnymede Self and Custom Build Register

Information about the Runnymede Self and Custom Build Register including the eligibility criteria and application forms.

What is the purpose of the register?

The Government wants to enable more people to build or commission their own home. To help achieve this, the Self-build and Custom House building Act 2015 was enacted on 26 March 2015 which requires relevant authorities to keep a register of individuals and associations of individuals who are seeking to acquire serviced plots of land in the authority's area. The Self-build and Custom House building (Register) Regulations 2016 require all local authorities to hold a register of people and groups interested in building their own home in their areas. This register provides an indication of the demand for self/custom build in Runnymede and allows the Council to work to develop a range of suitable sites for development in this way.

What is self build and custom build?

Self-build usually means that you are directly involved in organising the design and construction of your new home. Custom build usually means working with a specialist developer to help you deliver your home. There may be some overlap between the two, for example some custom build developers offer the option of a serviced plot where you can design and build your own home as part of a larger scheme.

Why register?

If you are registered the Council will let you know if/when a suitable site becomes available in the local authority area. The questions in the registration form are designed to give the Council a clear picture of the type of site that would meet your requirements, and what you can afford.

Who is eligible for the register?

The Self-build and Custom Housebuilding (Register) Regulations 2016 came into force 1 April 2016. The new regulations stipulate that local registers are open to anyone over the age of 18 who is either a British Citizen or national of another EEA state or of Switzerland. It is possible to apply for the register as an individual or an association (i.e. a group of people wanting to build homes together). To register in Runnymede, please complete the corresponding form below.  Please note that as well as meeting the eligibility criteria outlined above, you will only be eligible to be added to the register if you plan to build a home that you will live in as your sole or main residence. If you are completing the form for an association then you will need to state the number of serviced plots the association is seeking to acquire. Compliance with the eligibility criteria is essential before a person/association can be added to the register.

In light of the Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Regulations 2016 and Time for Compliance and Fees Regulations that came into force on 31 October 2016, new local eligibility conditions and appropriate fees which will be charged to a person who wishes to be entered onto or remain on the Runnymede register, were approved by Planning Committee on the 19 April 2017. The report is available on the Planning Committee Agendas 2017 page of the Council's website. It was agreed that these changes would come into effect on 1 June 2017. However a new piece of legislation called the General Data Protection Regulation will come into force on 25 May 2018 and work is currently underway by the Council to prepare for the introduction of the legislation, which will include carrying out a Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) in some instances. Due to the sensitivity of information that will be requested for entry on the Self and Custom Build Register under the new local eligibility conditions, a PIA will need to be undertaken and measures put into place to make sure all information is collected and stored confidentially. As such, the proposed local eligibility conditions and fee regime are now unlikely to come into force until the end of summer 2017.

How to register

There are currently 138 individuals on the Runnymede self and custom build register.

Use our online form for an individual application or for an association.

Runnymede Self and Custom Build Register - Individual Application

Runnymede Self and Custom Build Register - Association Application

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