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Self Build and Custom Build Register

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The Self Build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015 requires local authorities as part of their statutory duties to keep and maintain registers of people who are interested in self-build or custom build housing projects in their area. Ipswich Borough Council will keep a register, which will help to inform the council of the level of demand, and enable the council to develop an approach for introducing and matching interested parties to plots or parcels of land in the borough of Ipswich.

Self Build and Custom Build Register

To apply to go on the register for a custom or self build plot, please complete the online registration form linked below. You can apply either as an individual or as the lead contact for an association of members.

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

We shall use the information to explore ways in which it might be possible for people and plots to be brought together. Registration does not however guarantee that a suitable plot will be identified, or become available.

What are the differences between Self Build and Custom Build?

Self Build

Self build projects are defined as those where an individual personally organises the design and construction and can directly be involved in building a dwelling. The definition covers various forms of projects ranging from traditional DIY projects to community led projects where a builder is employed to build the homes for them.

Custom Build

Custom build homes are where a person or like-minded persons as a group work on a project with a developer. Such projects may be managed by a developer but each dwelling is designed to meet individual specifications.

Both self build and custom build provides an opportunity to be involved in all stages of the design and building of your property to potentially create a unique and affordable home.

All self build and custom build housing is subject to the usual planning permissions.

Further information and advice

If you would like to know more about Self Build and Custom Build or have any queries about the registration process please contact Robert Hobbs on 01473 432931 or by email to planningpolicy@ipswich.gov.uk.

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