Self Build on Exmoor
Register Your Interest in Self Build online
To be eligible to be included on the Exmoor National Park self-build register you must be:
- Aged 18 or older;
- A British citizen, a national of a EEA State other than the United Kingdom, or a national of Switzerland; and
- Seeking (either alone or with others) to acquire a serviced plot of land on which to build a house to occupy as your sole or main residence
For individual entries on the register, the name and address of the individual on the register must be recorded. For entries on the register for associations of individuals, similar information is required including the number of serviced plots members are seeking to acquire.
It is important that information on the first page of the survey is completed to ensure that individuals can be added to the register. Please note that you are not able to save your answers, if you leave the survey you will have to start again. The survey should take no more than 20 minutes to complete.
To complete the survey the following information will also be beneficial:
- The maximum budget for your finished home
- Your household's annual income
- Information regarding your local connection to the parish you wish to build
- If applicable: your Somerset Home Finder or Devon Home Choice band and reference number
- Information regarding your savings, assets and investments
Any eligible person can be included on the register, however our Local Plan policies focus on providing affordable housing for those people with a local connection. There are a number of questions in our survey regarding your local connection, this allows us to better understand our local need and therefore enables us to plan for it. Importantly, once looking at a specific site or house, you may need to demonstrate a link to the specific parish where that plot or house is, or an adjoining parish. This is because we look to meet the needs of a community within that community.
Land for Self Build Housing
These sites should be within or adjoining the settlements in the National Park, where affordable housing for local people could be exceptionally considered where housing would not normally be permitted. These sites might be small pieces of land big enough for a single dwelling, or larger ones for a number of homes. Planning policies continue to prioritise affordable housing, but may allow an element of “Principal Residence” market housing where this is necessary to facilitate the provision of affordable housing. Land values will need to be kept to affordable housing levels for all plots. Some sites have been assessed through the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) process, and could be considered for self-build schemes.
If you have land, or know of land you think may be suitable, please complete the site form below:
site form in Word format (fill in electronically and then print off or email)
site form in PDF format (print off and fill in manually)
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I apply to the Register?
You can apply online to join the register, or complete a paper form and send it to us. Please note the above information which will help you complete the form.
Can I appeal if I'm not considered not eligible for the Register?
Judgements on eligibility to join the register must be based on the information provided, and considered against the definition above. However if you do feel you have been assessed incorrectly, please contact ENPA.
What happens once I'm on the Register?
ENPA will be able to consider the number and type of households on the Register as evidence around the interest in self-build.
How do I remove myself from the register?
We will remove an entry from the register within 28 days of receiving a written request from the individual or association representing that individual. We will remove an entry from the register if we consider that they are no longer eligible for entry on the register and will notify them in writing.
What is affordable self-build?
Self-build can be a good way to provide your own affordable home through involvement in its construction, and not having to factor in developer profit - which helps to save money, making it potentially more achievable for households who would otherwise be unable to buy their own home in the National Park. In the long term a legal agreement will be used to ensure that it is occupied by those who:
- are in need of affordable housing
- are unable to afford to buy housing suitable for their needs on the open market prices, and
- have an appropriate local connection to the area.
This approach is set out in our Local Plan.
The information you provide will be used by Exmoor National Park Authority to provide information on self-build. No data will be published which can identify an individual. This information is collected by Exmoor National Park Authority as data controller in accordance with the data protection principles in the Data Protection Act 1998. The purpose of collecting this data is to enable an assessment of ability to undertake a self-build project and to identify potential self-build opportunities.
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