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The government wants to enable more people to build their own home - we are compiling a register of people who would like to.

We will use this information to determine the level of local interest in serviced plots of land for self builders. A ‘serviced plot of land’ is a plot that has access to a public highway and connections for electricity, water and waste water.

The register will inform our local plan work, and we will also be able to inform people on the register when we become aware of any serviced plots of land that may be suitable for self builders.

To be included on the register, you need to meet the following requirements:

  • You must be aged 18 or over
  • You must be a British citizen or a national of an EEA State other than the UK or Switzerland
  • You must be seeking (either alone or with others) to acquire a serviced plot of land to build a house, which you'll occupy as your main residence

If you are an association, each of your members must meet the above criteria.

If you wish to be included on the register please send an email with the following details (required by government regulations) to planningpolicy@portsmouthcc.gov.uk with 'Self Build Register' in the subject box.

What to include in your email:

Individuals

  1. Name
  2. Address
  3. Date of birth
  4. Nationality
  5. Telephone Number
  6. Email address
  7. Site requirements (include size of plot, any other specific requirement and if applicable, preferred are of the city)
  8. Confirmation that you are seeking (either alone or with others) to acquire a serviced plot of land to build a house to occupy your main residence

Associations

  1. Name and address of that association
  2. Name and address, date of birth and nationality of each member of the association
  3. Name and address (if different from the address of the association) of the lead contact
  4. Confirmation that each member of the association is seeking (either alone or with others) seeking to acquire a serviced plot of land to build a house to occupy as that individual’s sole or main residence
  5. Number of serviced plots of land the members of the association are seeking to acquire.

Once you have supplied the required information, the Council will determine your application for inclusion on the register within 28 days and you will be notified of the outcome within 28 days of the Council making a decision. If your application is refused, you will be told the reason(s) for this. 

We will publish a summary of the register, without any personal details.

An individual or association entered on the register may apply to amend or remove their entry at any time.  If an individual or association ceases to meet the criteria above, we may remove their entry but must notify them of this with its reasons for doing so.