Freedom of information response

Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding

Publication date: 
Tuesday 7 April 2020
Request: 

1. With regards to the register of those who have expressed an interest in acquiring plots for their own self build or custom housebuilding, please provide the number of entries on the register (Part 1 and 2 separately) for -

a) first base period (up to 30.10.2016)

b) second base period (up to 30.10.2017)

c) third base period (up to 30.10.2018)

d) to date for the fourth base period

2. Please confirm as to whether the Council, by 30 October 2019, have granted suitable development permission in respect of enough serviced plots of land to meet the demand for self-build and custom housebuilding arising in the first base period.

3. Please provide a list of the reference numbers of the applications considered to constitute suitable development permission in respect of such serviced plots to meet the demand.

4. Is it possible to provide a list of s.106 agreements associated with the 'suitable development applications' containing provisions to ensure that proposed dwellings on the consented sites/serviced plots would meet the definition of self-build or custom housebuilding?

Response: 

1.

a) We do not currently divide the list into Parts 1 and 2.  Our list started in September so we had 2 entries prior to 30.10.2016.

b) 31

Records after the first base year include a very small number of duplicates and/or ineligible listings which will be addressed before the end of this base year.

c) 44

Records after the first base year include a very small number of duplicates and/or ineligible listings which will be addressed before the end of this base year.

d) 4

2. Yes

3. Applications for suitable plots are rarely submitted for that stated purpose.  Therefore the Council used the following guidelines to assess planning permissions to determine if they were suitable for self-build and custom housebuilding in order to meet the ‘duty to grant planning permission etc’:

Full or outline planning permission granted in the three years following the close of each base period (31 October-30 October) for residential development.

The applicant who applied for planning permission was not known to be a housing developer or builder.

New build developments only, with permissions for changes of use, conversions, annexes and flats excluded.

Permission for one house only.  Multiple plots in an application will not preclude compliance with the definition, but the decision was taken to start conservatively and then only assess larger sites where insufficient plots were approved.

Likely to have access to a public highway and in the opinion of the local authority either have access to connections to electricity, waste and wastewater, or can be provided with such things.

During the period 31 October 2016 to 30 October 2019, the Council granted planning permission for 11 plots that meet the guidelines identified above. With regards to specifically meeting the duty to grant planning permission etc. for suitable plots for custom and self-building, the government guidance indicates that an equivalent number of plots should be granted to meet the entries for the base period (i.e. 2 plots needed to be granted to meet the demand arising from those entries on the register for the first base period).  

These 11 permissions passed the above criteria and may be accessed through the Council’s portal here:

16/00679/FUL

16/01318/FUL

16/01487/OUT

16/01527/FUL

17/00054/OUT

17/00096/FUL

17/00176/FUL

17/00561/FUL

17/00626/FUL

16/00820/FUL

17/00858/FUL

4. Not applicable

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Request reference:
FOI 9907