Individual Opportunities – Working with Others
A local authority works with a third party – such as a custom build developer, housing association or charitable foundation – to provide serviced building plots on land owned by the local authority or in private ownership. The plots are delivered and sold by the third party (with the principle of planning permission already established) directly to individual private homebuilders. The partner may want to go further than providing plots by offering ‘shell’ homes for individuals to fit out, or other options.
- Check your Register for demand
- Identify potential partners
- Identify suitable land
Planning, design & finance
- Ask for and assess a planning application
- Consider the use of a Design Code
- Monitor the works against the planning permission
- Monitor the build out against the planning permission
Custom Build Developer
DemandBe sure you know the level and type of demand – analyse those on your Register.
LandThis could be council-owned land, but is more likely to be provided by others.Click here to view >
FeasibilitySet out what you want your partners to deliver, but recognise that the sums must stack up.
PlanningTight or light touch development management? Consider the role of Design Codes and Plot Passports.
PartnerIf you plan to work with a partner choose them with care. Recognise that they may need to make a profit. Try to select someone that can deliver the type of plots there is most local demand for, and at the prices people can afford. Once selected the marketing, sales and infrastructure works will be down to them. Seek an arrangement where you share any profit.
- There is little risk to the council
- If you set it up well, you can have significant influence over the development
- You don’t have to create a team to organise the sales and servicing works
- It may be harder to deliver lower cost plots
- Some partners may fail to deliver, and might then press to build spec homes on the site
- You will probably get less income from plot sales