Self-build and custom monitoring

The data contained within the below documents relates solely to the monitoring of self-build and custom developments across the borough prior to 31 October 2021; they do not form the Council's position on future projected completions, nor the Council's assessment of five-year housing land supply.

Self-build and custom properties

Self and custom build properties can make a vital contribution to local housing need, this is recognised by Policy HN5 of Plan:MK (PDF, 26.3MB) which aims to support people who would like to build their own home.

Self-build or custom-build means the building or completion of a house by:

  • individuals
  • association of Individuals (groups)
  • people working with or for individuals or associations of individuals of houses to be completed as homes by those individuals
Custom-build housing is a home commissioned by an individual for their own use, and to which they have had significant influence over design, layout and specification.
Self-build housing is a home built in whole or in part by an individual for their own use, and to which they have had a significant influence over design, layout and specification.

MKC, as required to do so by the Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015, operates a self and custom build register for people who are interested in building their own home; at the present time it is free to express your interest at being on the list.

 Self-Build register

Plots available:

Milton Keynes Council are not currently aware of any plots that are available and being marketed for self and custom builders to purchase.

Future plot availability

Milton Keynes Development Partnership (MKDP) has provided land for 15 serviced plots at the Atterbury Development in Broughton which were granted permission in August 2018 and should be available for purchase and development from 2023 onwards; these plots will be advertised to registered parties when more details are available.

We are also working with the landowners and developers on the strategic sites for MK East, South East MK and Campbell Park Northside to provide land for plots as per Policy HN5. More information about these sites will become available as the applications for these sites take shape.

Self-build and custom monitoring

On 31 October 2016, new legislation came into place which amended the Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015 and implemented Chapter 2 of the Housing and Planning Act 2016. This places a duty on MKC to give suitable development permission in respect of enough serviced plots of land to meet the demand (as recorded on the authority's self-build register) for self and custom build plots within the local authority area over a set base period of time. The following information is available about self and custom build applications and the self-build register.


Number of entrants into the self-build register per year


Number of Individual Entrants

Number of Group Entrants

1 Mar 2016 - 30 Oct 2016 37


31 Oct 2016 - 30 Oct 2017 145 7 152
31 Oct 2017 - 30 Oct 2018 108 4 112
31 Oct 2018 - 30 Oct 2019 73 0 73
31 Oct 2019 - 30 Oct 2020 87 5 92
31 Oct 2020 - 30 Oct 2021 122 1 123
Totals 572 20 592

Please note: We do not hold information on how many individuals are in a group.


Number of plots given permission for self or custom-build projects


Number of single house permissions granted

Number of plots permitted on developments that are self or custom-build projects

Oct 2016 - Oct 2017 71 8
Oct 2017 - Oct 2018 93 45
Oct 2018 - Oct 2019 54 25
Oct 2019 - Oct 2020 47 16
Oct 2020 - Oct 2021 12 8
Total 277 102

Please note: Included in this table is the number of single plots permitted for development. Many of these may be self-build plots but we have not been able to gain the relevant evidence to officially class them as such.


Number of permissions achieved against requirement

Number of permissions required

Number of permissions achieved

Shortfall of individuals

Base Period 1 (1 Mar - 30 Oct 2016)

Period ending 30 October 2019

40 78 0

Base Period 2 (31 Oct 2016 - 30 Oct 2017)

Period ending 30 October 2020

152 16 98

Base Period 3 (31 Oct 2017 - 30 Oct 2018)

Period Ending 30 October 2021

112 8 202

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Last Updated: 3 November 2021