Self-build and custom housebuilding

We have a duty to keep a register of individuals and associations of individuals who wish to acquire serviced plots of land to bring forward self-build and custom housebuilding projects and to have regard to those registers in carrying out our planning functions.

A serviced plot of land should have

  1. Access to a public highway; and
  2. Connections for electricity, water and waste water.

We have created a register for those who are seeking to acquire serviced plots of land in the Lake District National Park for the purpose of building a house for those individuals to occupy as homes.

To be eligible for entry in the register, the individual should be

  1. Aged 18 or over;
  2. A British citizen, a national of a EEA State other than the United Kingdom, or a national of Switzerland; and
  3. Seeking (either alone or with others) to acquire a serviced plot of land in the Lake District national Park to build a house to occupy as that individual’s sole or main residence.

An association of individuals is eligible for entry in the register if each member of the association meets all of the eligibility requirements for an individual set out above.

Please send your completed form to

How will we use the register?

The planning functions of the Authority include both plan-making and decision-making functions. The register is capable of being a material consideration in decision-taking. We may also use the register as evidence of demand for this form of housing when developing our Local Plan and associated documents.

Requirements for all new housing developments in the Lake District National Park.

Those who wish to register an interest in acquiring a serviced plot of land should also familiarise themselves with the Authorities approach to housing provision. This is expressed in Local Plan Part One – Core Strategy policy CS18, and articulated through the Housing Provision Supplementary Planning Document. CS18 seeks to address identified housing market imbalances by maximising the opportunities presented by individual development sites to provide local needs and local affordable needs housing. The occupancy of new homes is restricted to those who can demonstrate they have a need to live in the Locality, and the eligibility criteria are set out in the SPD.