Three Dragons Research Note – Self-build and Custom Housebuilding

date Released On 2nd Mar 2021

Research Note – Self-build and Custom Housebuilding

As previously noted in our news item published on February 16th 2021, the Government has updated Planning Practice Guidance - Self-build and custom housebuilding (the PPG). The guidance was first introduced in 2016 to support the Self-build & Custom Housebuilding Act 2015 and this update is the most wide-ranging since 2017, demonstrating the continued importance of this type of housing to the Government.

This updated guidance reflects the greater emphasis that Government is placing on this type of development and clarifies guidance around keeping registers, counting local supply of serviced plots and measuring demand in the longer term. We have compiled a short research paper which gives an overview of the changes.

If you would like further information relating to self-build or custom housebuilding please contact Laura Easton (

Self-build: is when someone gets involved in, or manages, the construction of their new home (with or without the help of subcontractors).

Custom build: is when people commission the construction of their home from a developer/enabler, builder/contractor or package company. 
With ‘custom build’ the occupants usually don't do any of the physical construction work but still make the key design decisions.
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