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Guide Self-build and custom build

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1. What is self-build and custom build?

The terms 'self-build' and 'custom build' are used to describe instances where individuals or groups are involved in creating their own home.  The amount of personal involvement will vary.

Self build projects are defined as those where someone directly organises the design and construction of their own home. This covers a wide range of projects from a traditional DIY self build home to projects where the self builder employs someone to build their home for them. Community-led projects can also be defined as self build.

Custom build homes are where you work with a developer as an individual or a group to help deliver your own home. The developer may help to find a plot, manage the construction and arrange the finance for your new home. This is more of a hands-off approach but your home will be tailored to match your individual requirements.

Historically in East Devon a significant proportion of planning permissions for housing have been granted for individual or small numbers of houses.  This has helped to provide a supply of opportunities to people wishing to build their own homes in East Devon.  During the last four and a half years, on average, around 110 homes have been built each year on sites of 4 or less homes and more than half of these have been on single plots, which are most likely to be attractive to self builders.  The Government is now encouraging councils to look at ways they can help to further promote self and custom build to meet demand in the area.

The newly adopted East Devon Local Plan includes a policy (H2) to encourage the provision of some plots on larger sites for people wishing to build their own home.

The Self-Build Portal

For further general information on self/custom build please visit The Self-Build Portal - The Gateway to more Self and Custom Build Homes