Custom and Self-Build Register

Lewes District Council is creating a register of those interested in custom or self-build homes.

The Council is undertaking an assessment of the level of demand for self-build and custom build housing development in the area. Self and custom build have been defined as:

  • Self-build - projects where individuals or groups directly organise the design and construction of their new home(s)
  • Custom build – project where individuals or groups work with a specialist developer to help deliver their new home(s)

We are asking you to register your interest in custom and self-build housing, which will help the Council understand the level of interest in this form of development and the type of projects that may be appropriate in the District (excluding South Downs National Park areas). It intends to create a register of those people interested in self or custom build homes in accordance with the requirements of the Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015.

We shall use the information to explore ways in which it might be possible for people and plots to be brought together. Registration does not however guarantee that a suitable plot will be identified, or become available.

Registering your interest in custom and self-build housing does not mean that you are making any commitment – the Council is just trying to find out how much local demand there is for self-build housing. In preparing this register, the Council are making no commitment to provide self-build or custom build plots.

In submitting this form, you are agreeing that the Council can use the data you provide to understand the demand for custom build and self-build housing. Personal details included on the register will not be made public, but anonymised headline data extracted from it may be published.

We may contact you in the future in order to provide further information about custom and self-build initiatives and land that may become available in the District. We will not pass identifiable information onto anyone outside the Council without your written consent.

Only information required by legislation is mandatory to complete, but the other information would be useful to help us understand the type of demand for custom and self-build housing.

If you have any queries, please contact the Planning Policy team (

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Consultation Summary

Consultation Summary
Name Lewes Self Build and Custom Housebuilding Register
Description Under the Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015, Lewes District Council is inviting you to register any interest you may have in seeking to acquire serviced plots of land in Lewes District (excluding South Downs National Park areas) for the purposes of building your own home. Please complete this questionnaire to register your interest in custom or self-build homes.
Dates From 12 Mar 2018 at 00:00 to 31 Dec 2020 at 23:59.
Status Open