Self-build and custom monitoring
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:
- association of Individuals (groups)
- people working with or for individuals or associations of individuals of houses to be completed as homes by those individuals
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.
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 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|
Please note: We do not hold information on how many individuals are in a group.
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|
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 required
Number of permissions achieved
Shortfall of individuals
Base Period 1 (1 Mar - 30 Oct 2016)
Period ending 30 October 2019
Base Period 2 (31 Oct 2016 - 30 Oct 2017)
Period ending 30 October 2020
Base Period 3 (31 Oct 2017 - 30 Oct 2018)
Period Ending 30 October 2021
Last Updated: 3 November 2021