Self build, custom build

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South Cambridgeshire's vanguard

South Cambridgeshire District Council is one eleven vanguard authorities which are piloting the Government’s Right to Build agenda. Here is a link to their submission to become a vanguard authority. All local authorities are required to:

  • Set up and administrate a self build/custom build register of interested parties.
  • Hold a register of land for people seeking land for self-build and custom housebuilding.
  • Grant enough suitable development permissions on serviced plots of land to meet the demand for self-build and custom housebuilding in their area. This demand is evidenced by the number of people on the register.

Proposal for a regional hub

As a vanguard authority, South Cambridgeshire would like to talk to partners and neighbours about setting up a regional service. South Cambridgeshire already runs an applicant register which will be supported by a sub regional choice based lettings system. The district is poised to launch a land register, and has built partnerships around self build - custom build mortgage finance.

WIthin the regional service, and depending on partner and neighbour feedback, South Cambridgehsire might:

  • Roll out an applicant register to create a local authority right to build “hub”.
  • Create a land register, held locally for neighbours as well as regionally.
  • Create a brownfield sites register.
  • Roll out events and support.
  • Create a self sustaining Right to Build service hosted by South Cambridgeshire DC.
  • Create a regional group to guide and steer future development.

Past events

Recent events


  • The aim of the event is to help local authorities prepare for new legislative requirements, and provide practical advice on available tools and techniques that really work.
  • The event is aimed at local authority planning, housing and finance officers and anyone else with an interest in this new and exciting market. Here is the event flyer.

This event will

  • Share some initiatives that local authorities are taking to support people to build their own homes.
  • Provide advice on how to overcome some current barriers.
  • Provide some practical advice on how to match the demand on registers to the supply of available land.
  • Showcase a range of innovative projects from the UK and internationally.
  • Demonstrate how local authorities have worked in partnership with specialist custom build developers or community organisations to support this form of housing.

The workshops will also give you an opportunity to network with other Councils and will be attended by representatives from the Department for Communities and Local Government, the Homes and Communities Agency, Residential Mortgage Lenders, National and Regional Developers and other stakeholders.
The speakers include:

  • Jon Sawyer - Jon is Head of Custom Build Housing at igloo and a board member of the National Custom and Self Build Association (NaCSBA). He is also Chair of HouseMark.
  • Guest DCLG speaker - Providing an update on the government’s Right to Build aspirations, Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015 and Housing and Planning Act 2016 and the new regulations that have come into force as of the 31st October 2016.
  • Cecilie Booth- Cecile is a finance expert on Bespoke / Custom Build Mortgages.
  • Richard Abbott RIBA - Richard is the founder of TYPE3, a company that works to help release sites for self-build from public and private land owners focussing on how to make custom and self build accessible to all, and a case study in partnering with volume house builders to make plots available.

After the event: here is a link to all the November 2016 slides (opens in a new window).