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Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding Register

We have a statutory duty to keep a register of individuals and associations of individuals who are seeking to acquire serviced plots of land in our area in order to build houses for those individuals to occupy as homes. The information from the register will be used to gain an understanding of the demand and help develop suitable housing and planning policies. We shall also use the information to explore ways in which it might be possible for people and plots to be brought together.

Eligibility criteria

So that we can get a realistic idea of local demand, we would ask that you only register if you can meet the following criteria:

  • be over 18 years of age;
  • be a British citizen, a national of a European Economic Area State, or a national of Switzerland;
  • the property will be your main home

What are the differences between self-build and custom housebuilding?

  • Self-building – this usually means that you are directly involved in organising and managing the design and construction of your own home, perhaps carrying out some or all of the design and construction work yourself.
  • Custom housebuilding – this usually means working with a specialist developer to deliver your home to your customised specifications. This may mean adapting existing house plans to suit your needs and is often part of a larger site or project that has been divided into individual plots by the lead developer. Serviced plots in this context are potential housing plots that have access to a public highway and connections for electricity, water and waste water.
  • Self-build and custom build homes are subject to the same requirements for planning permission as other homes.

Register your details

If you would like to apply for entry on the Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Register within the Lewes district please use our online form. Registration does not guarantee that a suitable plot will be identified, or become available.

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Register your details

If you would like to apply for entry on the Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Register within Eastbourne please use our online form. Registration does not guarantee that a suitable plot will be identified, or become available.

Start now

If you are interested in building a home within the National Park boundary you should apply for entry onto the register held by the South Downs National Park Authority.