How local authorities may be restricting access to self build registers

Could actions by your local authority be stopping you from accessing information about self build plots?

By Hugh Metcalf | 21 January 2020

According to the NaCSBA, a growing minority of local authorities are using ‘dirty tricks’ that are frustrating potential self-builders.

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Image: Marmalade Lane Cohousing, by TOWN, NaCSBA

New analysis of the Right to Build register from the NaCSBA has found that interest in self build projects is increasing, with 11,400 new people signing up between 2018-2019.

However, the body, which represents the interests of custom and self builders, has also found that a growing minority of local authorities are employing tactics to both limit new people signing up to the register and that act as a deterrent for existing people to remain on the registers.

For example, more and more local authorities are charging potential self-builders to join and remain on registers which, while allowed by law, is a major hurdle to signing up.

Councils have also been noted to count plots of land as suitable for self-build where they aren’t, nor marketed in such a way.