Self Build Homes

Obtaining Planning Permission For Self Builds

The Different Types of Self Build Homes

Self Build Homes are a specialist form of housing. While they fall under the general C3 use class, they are often more bespoke than normal housing development. Here we refer to self build homes as homes created specifically for the occupiers, rather than the actual construction of the houses (although several of our clients have done just that!).

Self build can either be replacement dwellings or the conversion of existing buildings. We have extensive of experience in the different forms of self build homes – please see some interesting examples below and contact us to discuss your specific project.

Since 2015 the Government has required local planning authorities to plan for custom and self build homes. This has provided opportunities for individuals wishing to build their own homes. It can 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.

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Obtaining Self Build Planning Permission

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

It can be difficult obtaining planning permission for self build homes for several reasons. The context of the house is important – whether in Green Belt, conservation areas, backland sites, tandem plots or garden land. Each provide unique opportunities and potential limitations that need to be fully understood. An example is when it comes to London planning; Architects often create unique homes on tight urban sites, where one wouldn’t normally expect such developments.

Sometimes the design of a self build is markedly different to other homes in the neighbourhood. Convincing neighbours, planners and Committee Members that they are acceptable is a vital part of the planning process.

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Self Build Homes are a Speciality at Plande

Plande has worked on a huge number of projects since its inception in 2007. These cover planning authorities in the North and South, including (but not limited to) Great Manchester Councils (Manchester, TraffordCheshire East, Chester & Cheshire West). Please contact us for specialist help!

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CASE STUDIES

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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