As part of the Housing and Planning Act 2016
, the legislation requires local authorities to consider the evidence of demand created by those on the register and to help to find land for building. Councils then have a duty to grant planning permission for sufficient serviced plots to meet this demand.
Because the registers work over a three year base period (which ends on the 31 October each year), councils have three years from the date people sign up to the register, to grant this permission.
So for example, as the legislation started in April 2016 and the first three year period began in October that year, the first complete period will end in October 2019. At this point, The National Custom and Self Build Association (NaCSBA) will review which councils are fulfilling this duty.
Spreading the Word
Currently, few councils actively promote their registers and consequently, many people are unaware of their Right to Build. However, NaCSBA revealed that, as of October 2017, there were a whopping 33,000 people signed up to the Right to Build.
NaCSBA is continually pushing for more people to sign up to their local registers, as they illustrate the number of people interested in having a hand in creating their own home. More people signing up will ultimately lead to more plots coming to market.
The first step for anyone thinking of building is to sign up to their local registers via NaCSBA’s Right to Build Portal
— which removes the hassle of having to search for them.