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Self-build and custom build

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The Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015 requires the National Park Authority to keep a Register of individuals and associations seeking to acquire serviced plots of land for self-build homes.

The statutory duty to keep a Register came into effect on 1 April 2016 under the Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding (Register) Regulations 2016. The regulations specify the requirements for utilities provision and access to the public highway that a site must meet to be regarded as a "serviced plot" plot for the purposes of the act. They set out the eligibility criteria for registration, the information required from applicants, procedures for determining Register applications and notifying applicants, and provision for removal of entries from Registers; please see the regulations.

In addition to the eligibility test, the Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding Regulations 2016 allow Local Planning Authorities to set a local connections test to split the Register into two parts. The Peak District Park Authority has introduced this additional test. Part 1 of the Register is a list of people/groups who meet the eligibility criteria and the local connections test and Part 2 of the Register will be a list of those who meet the eligibility criteria. This is to ensure the Authority prioritises housing delivery for those that are demonstrate a local connection in accordable with local planning policy.

The local area connection test is consistent with saved policy LH2 of the Local Plan set out below. This approach reflects a general presumption against new build housing to meet general housing need in national parks by prioritising occupation of new build housing on greenfield (exception sites) for those with a strong local connection.

Policy LH2: Definition of people with a local qualification

Exceptionally new housing will be permitted for a person with a proven need in accordance with Policy LH1 provided that the dwelling will be occupied by:

  1. a person (and his or her dependants) who has a minimum period of 10 years' permanent residence in the parish or an adjoining parish and is currently living in accommodation which is overcrowded or otherwise unsatisfactory;
  2. a person (and his or her dependants) who has a minimum period of 10 years permanent residence in the parish or an adjoining parish and is forming a household for the first time;
  3. a person not now resident in the parish but with a proven need and a strong local connection with the parish, including a period of residence of 10 years or more within the last 20 years;
  4. a person who has an essential need to live close to another person who has a minimum of 10 years' residence in the parish, the essential need arising from age or infirmity;
  5. a person who has an essential functional need to live close to his or her work in the parish, or an adjoining parish within the National Park.

If the Authority is satisfied that you meet the eligibility criteria and the local connections test you will be entered onto Part 1 of the Register. If you are unable to fulfil the criteria but would still like to be on the Register, your name will be entered onto Part 2 of the Register.

If you want to register an interest in self build in the National Park please email policy@peakdistrict.gov.uk.

Registration by post should be made to:

Planning Policy Manager
PDNPA
Aldern House
Baslow Road
Bakewell
DE45 1AE

The Peak District Park Authority may contact you for further information to support your application.

If you have a site that you want to propose for housing, you should e mail or post details of this site including a map clearly showing the extent of the site. The suitability of the site for housing would be assessed in the event that you applied for pre-application advice or submitted a planning application. Permission would only be granted if policy requirements of the adopted development plan for the National Park are met.

Any personal information you supply will only be used for the purposes of maintaining this Register and will only be disclosed to others where it is necessary as part of our duties as a local authority or if required to do so by law. We will publish information each year on how many self-build custom build plots are sought and where within the Peak District Park Authority as part of the Annual Monitoring Review, but this will not include any personal data.

National Park policies already allow local people in housing need to provide for their own housing need provided there is a site that can be developed in such a way that it conserves and enhances the National Park. Sites are proposed by individuals rather than the Authority. The Authority does not own land that could be made available for self-build. The Authority does not allocate land to meet general housing need.

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