Finding somewhere to live

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – finding somewhere to live

While our offices are closed, if you need housing advice on homelessness, getting temporary accommodation, our housing register or renting in social housing, you can email housingoptions@thurrock.gov.uk or phone 01375 652 820.

Self-build and custom housebuilding

A self-build home is where a person is responsible for the design and build of their own home. Custom housebuilding is where you where you work with a specialist developer to build the home.

Build your own home in Thurrock

We keep a register of individuals and community groups who would like land for self-build and custom housebuilding. The register is used as part of our evidence of demand for this type of housing, which we use for local planning.

Self-build and custom housebuilding gives you the opportunity to:

  • be involved in all stages of the design and building of your property
  • create a unique and affordable home

You may decide to design and build the home yourself, hire a contractor or customise a home built by a private developer.

All self-build and custom housebuilding is subject to the relevant planning permission.

The cost of a self-build home is about 20% less than the cost of buying a similar property.

Go to the national self build portal to find out more.

Join our register

Complete our online form if you are interested in building or customising your own home in Thurrock.

Register interest in building your own home

By providing this information you agree for your details to be kept on our secure register and allow us to contact you in future with regards to self-build and custom housebuilding.