Craven District Council

Craven District Council

Self-build and custom housebuilding

The council keeps a register of individuals and associations who are seeking to acquire serviced plots of land in order to build their own homes. This is referred to as the self-build and custom housebuilding register.

The council's self-build and custom housebuilding register provides valuable information on the demand for self-build and custom housebuilding in Craven (outside the Yorkshire Dales National Park) and forms a key part of its evidence base of demand for this type of housing. The council has regard to the register when carrying out its planning, housing, land disposal and regeneration functions.

Planning: The register may be a material consideration in deciding planning applications and will form part of the evidence base for the Strategic Housing Market Assessment.

Housing: The register will be considered in developing plans for new housing on council land and in the preparation of housing strategies.

Land disposal: The register will be considered in developing plans to dispose of council land.

Regeneration: The register will be considered in developing plans for regeneration of the area.

By registering, people will help to build evidence of demand and, therefore, help the council to promote self-build and custom housebuilding in the area. The register is not a catalogue of plots for sale. However, the council intends to monitor the granting of planning permission for suitable plots and, in the future, hopes to communicate self-build and custom housebuilding opportunities to people on the register. In the meantime, please visit the Self Build Portal for advice on finding land.

Apply for entry on the register

Individuals and associations of individuals who are seeking to acquire serviced plots of land in Craven (outside the national park), in order to build homes for themselves, may apply for entry on the self-build and custom housebuilding register by selecting the appropriate online form, below. People seeking a plot together as a couple or household should 'apply as an individual'.

Apply as an individual

apply as an association

Applications will be decided within 28 days and you will be notified in writing. If you are already on the register and wish to remove or amend your entry, please email details to localplan@cravendc.gov.uk and we will make the necessary changes.

Annual reports

These provide headline data on the demand for self-build and custom housebuilding in the area. Our first annual report - covering the 2016/17 period - is available to download below.  

Download the Annual Report for 2016/17

Self-build and custom housebuilding data will also be included in the council's Authority Monitoring Report. Personal details, such as the names and addresses of people on the register, are not published or disclosed to third parties. If you would like to know more about how we handle data, please visit the council's Rights of access to information web-page.

Useful links and further reading

The following links will help you learn more about self-build and custom housebuilding in the UK and how to register with the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

The Self Build Portal

National Custom and Self Build Association

Yorkshire Dales National Park Self-Build Register