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Self Build Planning

Obtaining Planning Permission For Self Builds

What are Self Build Homes?

Self Build Homes are a particular type of housing. 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!). While they fall under the general C3 Use Class, they are often more bespoke than a speculative housing development.

Self build can take many forms, for example, such houses can either be replacement dwellings, the conversion of existing buildings, or new houses on individual plots of land. We have extensive experience in the different forms of self build planning – 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 housing. 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 we have significant experience in is Paragraph 79/ 80 (previously para 55) Homes – please see our dedicated case studies page for more information.


How difficult is it to obtain planning permission for self build plots?

It can be difficult obtaining planning permission for self builds for several reasons. The context of the house is important – whether in Green Belt, conservation areas, backland sites, tandem plots or garden land. Each provides 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.

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

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


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 of the UK.

Our case studies illustrate our experience and expertise in overcoming a range of different issues and include successfully obtaining planning for self build homes at appeal.

Please contact us for specialist help!



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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