Self-build and Custom Housebuilding

What is the Self-build and Custom Housebuilding register?

Following the Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015, the Council maintains a register that is used to identify and assess the level of demand for in self-build and custom housebuilding in Wealden. By registering your interest, the Council is able to find out more about the location, plot size and type of self-build and custom build houses required. The register will be used to help inform policies related to this type of housebuilding in the Council’s new Wealden Local Plan. Registering on the Council’s Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Register does not guarantee that a suitable plot will be identified.

Who can apply?

Applicants must meet all of the eligibility criteria for entry on the register. Each individual applicant and every member of an association of individuals that applies for entry on the register must be:

  • aged 18 or older
  • a British citizen, a national of a EEA State other than the United Kingdom, or a national of Switzerland; and
  • seeking (either alone or with others) to enquire a serviced plot of land in the relevant authority’s area to build a house to occupy as that individual’s sole or main residence.

How to apply

If you would like to register your interest, please complete the Self-build and Custom Build Registration Form . Individuals who wish to register as an association must appoint a member or officer to act as the lead contact for the purposes of correspondence. Further information on self-build and custom housebuilding is available on the Government’s website .

Frequently Asked Questions

If you are considering building your own home, then please register your interest with us.
Your registration provides the Council with an understanding of the demand for self-build and custom build plots across the District and enables us to support your needs through planning policy. Please read the Self-Build frequently asked questions for more information.

Summary of Wealden District Council’s Self Build Register

Summary of key information relating to the Self Build Register can be found in the document below.

Self Build Update January 2020

Summary of Wealden District Council’s Self Build Register

Summary of key information relating to the Self Build Register can be viewed below. This was last updated on 24th January 2020.

At present, there are 74 individuals enrolled on the self build and custom housebuilding register. All individual entries to the register were made after 31 March 2016 onwards. Two of these individuals were registered in the 31 March 2016 – 30 October 2016 base period, 24 of these were registered in the 31 October 2016 – 30 October 2017 base period, 24 of these were registered in the 31 October 2017 – 30 October 2018 base period, 21 applicants were registered in the 31 October 2018 – 30 October 2019 base period and three applicants have been registered so far in the 31 October 2019 – 30 October 2020. No associations are currently enrolled on the self build and custom housebuilding register.

All applications to the register have been received from individuals. As a result, 65 serviced plots of land are sought by those on the register as 9 applicants already own a plot of land suitable for a self or custom build project.

58% of applications to the register originate from within the Wealden District, with 19% of applications from other Districts within East Sussex and the remaining 23% from Districts outside of East Sussex. 54% of applicants to the register have expressed an interest in building in a town or urban settlement, 52% expressed an interest in a village location, 26% are interested in living in a rural area and 37% have expressed an interest in a general area of the District. The most popular settlement choices in descending order are Crowborough, Heathfield, Uckfield, Forest Row and Rotherfield.

Plot size demand from those on the register varies, but 77% of applicants are interested in a plot of land under 1,500 square metres in size. 27% of individuals listed on the register are seeking a plot of land under 500 square metres, whilst 18% are interested in a plot of land 500-999 square metres in size and 32% are seeking a plot of land between 1,000-1,499 square metre in size. A plot of land of at least 2,000 square metres in size has only been demanded by 9% of applicants and a further 9% stated they would consider a plot of land of any size.

Applicants to the register were able to state the type of house they are interested in building and they could express an interest in multiple house types. All applicants on the register expressed an interest in building a detached house, with 74% of applicants solely wanting to build a detached dwelling. 16% of applicants expressed an interest in a semi-detached dwelling, 4% expressed an interest in a terraced house and 1% were found to have an interest in constructing a flat/apartment. With regards to the number of bedrooms required by each applicant, 1% are interested in a dwelling with at least one bedroom, 18% are interested in a minimum of a two bedroom dwelling, 39% are seeking a dwelling with at least three bedrooms, 38% are interested in at least a four bedroom dwelling and 4% are looking to build a dwelling with at least five bedrooms.