Self Build Homes

Self build homes are a speciality of Plande

Self Build Homes

Self build homes are a speciality of Plande;

We have worked on a substantial number of homes since our inception in 2007 across a wide range of local planning authorities in the North and South, including (but not limited to) Great Manchester Councils (Manchester, TraffordCheshire East, Chester & Cheshire West) etc

Self Build Homes are a specialist form of housing. While they fall under the general C3 use class, generally self build houses are more bespoke than speculative housing. Here we refer to self build homes as homes created specifically for the occupiers rather than necessarily physically constructing the houses themselves (although several of our clients have done just that).

Architecturally, self build homes are varied and if designed correctly sit better in the context in their surroundings. Often more contemporary in nature than speculative housing, such homes provide high-quality additions to an area.


Self Build Homes Planning Permisison

It can be challenging to obtain planning permission for self build homes for several reasons. The context of the houses – whether in Green Belt, conservation areas, backland sites, tandem plots or garden land provide unique opportunities and potential limitations that need to be fully understood. Particularly when it comes to London planning, Architects create unique homes on tight urban sites which otherwise wouldn’t normally expect such developments.

The designs of self build homes are generally different from their immediate surroundings and convincing neighbours, planners and Committee Members that they are acceptable is a vital part of the planning process.


Different Types of Self Build Homes

Replacement dwellings or the conversion of existing buildings into self build homes are a core element of these housing types.

We have a wide range of experience in all different forms of self build homes – please see some interesting examples below and contact us to discuss your specific project.

Since 2015 the Government have required local planning authorities to plan for custom and self build homes which have provided additional opportunities to create such properties and can potentially help to leverage planning permission where policies or initial investigations suggest such homes would be unacceptable.

A further category of self build homes we have significant experience in is Paragraph 79/ 80 (previously para 55) Homes – please see our dedicated case studies page for more information.



The following are a sample of interesting or challenging projects.

Disclaimer: This page provides an introduction only and is not a definitive statement of the law and should therefore not be relied upon. The information above relates to England only. Policies across the rest of the UK may differ. Contact your Local Planning Authority for advice and confirmation before any works are carried out. All images used are for illustrative purposes only. Read the full disclaimer here.

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