Local Planning Authorities (LPA’s) are required to keep a register of individuals and associations of individuals who are seeking to acquire serviced plots of land in the authority’s area for their own self-build and custom house-building projects.
The minimum requirements for entry on the register are: the applicants name, address, date of birth, nationality and the number of serviced plots of land they are seeking (either alone or with others) on which to build their sole or main residence. These details are kept on Part 2 of the Register.
The LPA can request additional information to help understand the nature of the demand and to inform planning, housing, regeneration and disposal of assets. It can also apply affordability and local eligibility criteria. These details are kept on Part 1 of the register. The LPA has a duty to grant suitable planning permission for those numbers on the register who fulfil these criteria.
The LPA is required to publicise the register, publish headline data in its Authority Monitoring Report and produce an annual summary of the Register Base Periods. The first base period is the date the LPA first established a register (31 March 2015), to 31 October 2016. Each subsequent 12 months is a base period.