Publication: Pre-Submission Gloucester City Plan

Pre-Submission City Plan

Policy A7: Self build and custom build homes

For all housing sites* either allocated in this plan or which come forward as windfall developments, and which comprise 20 or more dwellings, a minimum of 5% of the net developable area shall be set aside as serviced plots. The servicedplots shall be offered for sale to self and custom builders, subject to demand being identified on the Council's Self & Custom Build Register.

Self and custom build plots which come forward through this policy shall be made available and appropriately marketed for a minimum of 12 months from grant of planning permission. Marketing should be directed at those on the Council's Self and Custom Build Register as well as the general public. If, after a 12-month period, the plots have not been sold it will be for the developer to consider whether the plots continue to be marketed as self / custom build opportunities or if they will be built out by the developer. Evidence of sustained marketing will need to be submitted to the Council.

Elsewhere, windfall sites for self-build and/or custom build housing will be supported where they meet other policies within the JCP and GCP.

* Excluding sites and applications for flats/apartments.

3.1.47 Self-build housing is where the individual or group has a high degree of autonomy and involvement in house design and construction. Custom-build housing involves an individual or a group commissioning specialist such as architects and/or builders to assist with the project.

3.1.48 The Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015 requires the Council to keep, and have regard to, a register of people who have expressed an interest in self-build / custom build projects in the Local Authority area. Based on evidence of demand from the Self and Custom Build Register, the Act also requires the Council to put in place policies to support the delivery of planning permissions to meet the demand.

3.1.49 Developers are expected to liaise with the Council to ensure that plots available for self and or custom build are marketed to those on the register as well as to the general public. Further information to support this policy is provided in the Housing Background Paper, available to download from the City Council's website.