Self-build and custom build housing

We are developing a register of people who express an interest in buying serviced plots of land to build their own home. We will assess the register when carrying out planning and other functions.


Individuals or associations who purchase land and build their own house or houses on a serviced plot or plots is known as a self-build. The property may be built by the individual or by employing a builder, architect and, in some cases, a project manager to oversee the build.

A serviced plot has access to the public highway as well as connections for electricity, water and waste water.

Custom builds

This tends to be where individuals work with a developer who divides larger sites into individual plots and provides a design and build service to purchasers.  This also gives people the opportunity to customise existing house designs to suit their needs.

Applying to go on to the register

If you are considering undertaking a self-build or a custom build project in Cheshire East you can complete a questionnaire to be added to the register, applicants must be able to prove they are:

  • aged 18 or over
  • a British citizen, a national of EEA state other than the United Kingdom, or a national of Switzerland
  • seeking (either alone of with others) to acquire a serviced plot of land in Cheshire East to build a house to occupy as that individual's sole or main residence.

Applicants must fulfil the requirements of the local connection test if they are to be placed on Part 1 of the register. To meet the local connection test you will need to prove one of the following: -

  • Live in Cheshire East
  • Work in Cheshire East
  • Have an offer of employment in Cheshire East
  • Be a serving member of the regular armed forces of the Crown

Applicants must also pay a fee of £25.60 to the Council to be entered onto the register

Part 1 – for entries on Part 1 of the register the Council must provide enough planning permissions of serviced plots to meet this identified need.  Being on Part 1 of the register does not mean that the Council will grant planning permissions that meet the specific requirements expressed by those on Part 1 of the register

Part 2 – for those who do not meet the requirements of the local connection test then they will be placed on Part 2 of the register.  The Council has a duty to have regard to Part 2 of the register when carrying out planning, housing, land disposal and regeneration functions

All members of an association must fulfil these eligibility criteria.

Cheshire East Council is the Planning Authority for most of Cheshire East except for the north eastern extremity where the Peak District National Park is the Planning Authority.

Contact us

Email: Strategic Housing and Development

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