We have a potential developer of custom build homes in our Borough. However, they are concerned they do not meet the definition of custom build. I explained there isn’t a definitive definition but I would make some enquiries. They are proposing the following;
Custom builders will have a choice of house design from a predetermined palette. They will also have a choice of external appearance, fixture and fittings. They will also have a choice over the internal layout within reason to fit in with the external features.
I’m interested to know if members think this could be classed as custom build?
TWYNN- Depending if you are in England, Section 9 of the Housing and Planning Act 2016 (which amends the Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015) defines custom and self build housing and the Government’s National Planning Practice Guidance provides further clarification (Ref ID: 57-016-20170728). The CIL Regulations also provide a definition for CIL purposes (Reg. 54A). Subject to your authority being satisfied that the initial owner of the home will have a primary input into its design and layout, which the developer/enabler should demonstrate in their application to you, your authority has a broad canvass to allow customised housing options (including shell finished housing), along the lines as you describe. We would advise however that any consent includes conditions or a unilateral undertaking/s106 provision which requires the development to comply with the Section 9 definition to avoid the development simply being built out for market sale once consent has been granted. Otherwise the opportunity to provide for people who want to build their own homes in your borough will be lost.