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The Self Build Register

The Self-Build and Custom House building Act 2015 places a duty on councils to keep a register of individuals and community groups locally who want to acquire land for self-build homes and to have regard to these registers in carrying out its planning function.

We are looking at  gathering evidence to see if there is a demand for this type of development within Staffordshire Moorlands. If we then become aware of land that may be suitable for self build, we can highlight this information to relevant parties. 

Read about the legislation.

Please be aware that self build homes are subject to the same requirement for planning permission as other homes.

Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria below:

  • you are over 18
  • the property will be your sole or main residence
  • you are a British citizen or a national of an EEA State (other than the UK), or Switzerland

Please note that those areas of Staffordshire Moorlands falling within the Peak District National Park are controlled by the separate Peak District National Park Planning Authority, which maintains its own self-build register. Consequently anyone wishing to register their interest for self-build within the Peak Park area should contact the  Peak District National Park Planning Authority .

In submitting this form, you are agreeing that the Council can use the data you provide to understand the demand for custom-build and self-build housing in accordance with its published Planning privacy notice. 

Personal details included on the form will not be made public. However the Council will periodically publish general information from its register for informational purposes such as the number of entries, the demand for different types of plots, and desired locations.

Council Policy and Other Information

For those interested in identifying existing self-/custom-build opportunities in the Staffordshire Moorlands the Council's current evidence base includes:

It is also possible to search for all current or previous housing approvals on the Council's planning application search facility or interactive planning map. 'Weekly lists' of current planning applications can be viewed here

External websites such as the Self Build Portal may also be relevant.