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Welcome to Corby’s Custom and Self-Build Register for new housing

This register is a place that allows you to express your interest in custom and self-build housing projects that may become available in the future.  In order to understand and estimate the demand for custom and self-building in our local area we would like to know how many Corby residents are interested in building their own home. 

This survey will help us to develop housing and planning policies to support the kind of custom and self-build projects that would be most appropriate.

By registering with North Northamptonshire Council’s (Corby area) Custom and Self-Build Register you are agreeing that your details will be made public and may be passed to relevant landowners, developers, land agents, housing associations or other appropriate groups that deal in, or wish to be involved in, self/custom build. Please note that registration does not however guarantee that a suitable plot will be identified, or become available. Planning permission will also be required for any development in the normal way.

About custom and self-build housing

Self-build housing, also known as custom housing, is where a builder is contracted by a home owner to create a ‘custom built’ property or where a private individual builds a home as a DIY ‘self-build’ project.

This form of housing can include (but is not limited to):

  • Single detached homes on small plots in rural or urban areas

  • Community self-build projects

  • Blocks of apartments commissioned by a group of people in an urban area

Building your own home can be a more affordable route to home ownership and an opportunity to own a bespoke sustainably designed, high quality home that suits you and your family’s needs.

New Eligibility Criteria for entry onto the Register from July 2018

From 2nd July 2018, the former Corby Borough Council introduced new eligibility criteria for entry onto the Custom and Self Build Register. This is in the form of two new tests, the Local Area Connection Test and Financial Resources test. Satisfying both of these tests will ensure that your application for self build will be placed on Part 1 of the Register and will be taken into account when assessing demand for self build housing provision for planning monitoring purposes. All other successful applications will be placed on Part 2 of the Register.

Placement onto Part 1 of the Register will require further evidence to be submitted to the Council as part of your application. Further details on acceptable evidence can be found within the online entry survey (see below for link).


The Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015, requires local Authorities to maintain a self build and custom build house building register.  For more information, the following links take you to the Act and related planning guidance.

The Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015 is available at: http://services.parliament.uk/bills/2014-15/selfbuildandcustomhousebuilding.html

The Self-build and Custom Housebuilding (Register) Regulations 2016 are available at: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2016/105/contents/made

Planning Guidance is available at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/self-build-and-custom-housebuilding

Available funding for community led projects

The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has a number of funding opportunities for community led projects. The following link takes you to their page for more information: https://cfg.homesandcommunities.co.uk/community-led-project-support

Available funding for individuals

The Self-Build portal contains information on potential sources of finance: http://www.selfbuildportal.org.uk/

Completing the survey:

If you are interested in any element of custom or self-building, and want to be added to our register, please complete our online survey using this link.

Data Protection

Any personal and/or sensitive data contained within submitted evidence for entry on the Part 1 Self Build Register will be used solely for the purposes of establishing self build housing demand in the Corby area, as per the Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Regulations 2016.

Contact us:

If you have any queries or need help or advice in completing the survey please contact North Northamptonshire Council (Corby area):

Address: Planning Policy (Corby area), North Northamptonshire Council, Deene House, New Post Office Square, Corby, Northants NN17 1GD

Telephone: 01536 464158

Email: planningservices.cbc@northnorthants.gov.uk

Last updated: Wednesday 11th January 2023 09:36:20 AM