Self-build housing

Do you want to build your own home?

We are required to keep a register of interest for custom and self-build demand and make available suitable plots for doing so.

Self-build register

We would like to find out how many people are interested in building their own home within Wycombe district, and what help they may need with this. If you are interested in any aspect of custom or self-build then complete the online form. The information obtained through the self-build register will be used to inform planning policies in the new Local Plan which will seek to provide a proportion of self-build plots on large sites, relevant to the scale of the demand identified on the self-build register.

Register your interest

To be eligible for the self-build register you must be aged 18 or older; a British citizen, a national of a European Economic Area State other than the United Kingdom, or a national of Switzerland; and seeking to acquire a serviced plot land to be your sole or main residence.

What are custom and self-build homes?

A custom and self-build home is where someone directly organises the design and construction of their new home rather than buying from a speculative home builder.

A custom build home is generally built on a site that has been divided into individual serviced plots by a developer. These plots come fully serviced – road access, foul and surface water drainage and utilities including water, gas, electricity and telecommunications – ready to build on with outline planning permission in place.

A self-build is where there is no purpose built serviced plots provided. This requires buying the right site, obtaining planning permission and servicing the site. Whilst there are higher risks involved, there is more flexibility in building a home exactly how you want it.

There are also examples of community self-build. This is where a group forms on its own or is brought together by some organisation, and the participants either work on each other’s homes until all the units are complete or subdivide land into plots and organise the construction of their home individually.

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Contact information

  • Telephone: 01494 421 538