Self-build and custom housebuilding

Are you interested in building or commissioning your own bespoke home within the Lake District National Park?

We maintain a register of people who may be interested in building their own home in the Lake District National Park, either on their own or as part of a group or association. We are doing this for the following reasons:

What is custom and self-build housing?

The Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015 (as amended by the Housing and Planning Act 2016) provides legal definition of self-build and custom housebuilding. The Act does not distinguish between self-build and custom housebuilding and provides that both are where an individual, an association of individuals, or persons working with or for individuals or associations of individuals, build or complete houses to be occupied as homes by those individuals.

In considering whether a home is a self-build or custom build home, relevant authorities must be satisfied that the initial owner of the home will have primary input into its final design and layout.

What is the register and how will we use information on it?

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. Registration does not guarantee that a suitable plot will be identified or become available.

Please be aware that self and custom building homes are subject to the same requirements for planning permission as other homes. This means that any new homes (including custom and self-build) will be subject to some form of local occupancy control aimed at making sure that the occupants have some form of connection to the local area. Local eligibility conditions are set out in the registration form and articulated in the Housing Supplementary Planning Document.

The register was created on 16 March 2016.

Current levels of demand

Current levels of demand from people meeting local connection criteria.

How to sign up for the register.

If you would like to register your interest, please complete the registration form, which asks a number of questions to help us establish your requirements:

Lake District National Park Authority
Murley Moss
Oxenholme Road

Before you do this, please ensure that you meet the following criteria:

  • Aged 18 or older
  • Are a British Citizen, a national of an European Economic Area State other than the United Kingdom, or a national of Switzerland
  • Seeking to acquire a plot of land to occupy your sole or main residence.

If you have any questions please contact

Local eligibility criteria

In accordance with the Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding Regulations 2016, we have set a criterion whereby only local individuals who meet such conditions as we reasonably consider demonstrate that the individual has sufficient connection with the Lake District are eligible. These local eligibility conditions are set out in the Housing Provision Supplementary Planning Document.

If you meet the criteria above including the local eligibility conditions, you will be entered into Part 1 of the register. If you meet the eligibility requirements apart from the local connection test, you will be entered into Part 2 of the register. Should opportunities arise, priority will be given to those in Part 1 of the register.

More information

If you are interested in custom and self-build housing you may find the following websites of use: