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Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Register

We have a duty to keep a register of individuals who are seeking serviced plots of land for self-build and custom housebuilding on land in Medway. This duty was introduced through the Self-build and Custom Housebuilding (Register) Regulations 2016.

The register provides useful information on the level of demand for self-build and custom housebuilding in Medway. We will consider this information when allocating land for different types of development in the Medway Local Plan and when deciding on planning applications for housing.

The register is a key part of our evidence base for planning issues. We will use information in the register to produce an annual report which will include:

  • The number of individuals and associations on the register
  • The number of serviced plots of land sought
  • The preferences for locations in Medway, plot sizes and type of housing

Apply to be added to the register

People can register either as an individual or as an association of individuals. If you are a couple or two or more members of one household, please nominate one member to apply for entry onto the register as an individual.

If you are interested in applying to be added to the register for a serviced plot for use in self-build or custom housebuilding in Medway, please complete our Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Register application form (pdf, 153KB). 

Then send it to us by:

Email: planning.policy@medway.gov.uk

Post: Planning Policy team, Regeneration, Culture, Environment and Transformation directorate, Medway Council, Gun Wharf, Dock Road, Chatham, Kent, ME4 4TR

We will reply to you within 28 days of receiving your application to confirm if you're eligible for being included on the register. We will keep your details on record and notify you if a suitable plot becomes available. We will not share your personal contact details without your permission.

Local plan

Medway is currently preparing a new Local Plan and is presently at the second stage, Development Options, which provides a draft vision for Medway in 2035.  The Development Options document is being consulted on between 16 January and 6 March 2017 and includes emerging approaches to policies to address key issues facing Medway's communities, economy and environment, including self build and custom house-building.  Please see the Future Medway page for more information.

Self build and custom house-building register headline data

Local planning authorities do not have to publish their register, but are recommended to publish headline data (such as the number of individuals and associations on the register, the number of plots sought, location preferences, plot size and the type of housing intended to be built).  Medway will publish this information for each base period.  The first base period ran from the date the register was first established by Medway (1 April 2016) until the day before section 10 of the Housing and Planning Act 2016 came into force (30 October 2016).  Each subsequent base period is the period of 12 months beginning immediately after the end of the previous base period.

Base period 1 (1 April 2016 - 30 October 2016) (pdf, 192KB)

To use the pdf files you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not have this on your computer, please use our advice page.

Guidance on self builds

There are external websites that have further information and guidance on self build, some of which are listed below:

Please note these are external websites and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of Medway Council.