Consultation on the introduction of Local Connection Eligibility Test for the Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding Register

Press Release

Published on 24 July 2023
Archived on 24 August 2023

Stratford-on-Avon District Council is starting a 3-week consultation today, Monday 24 July on the creation of a two-part Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding Register.

Since 2016, the District Council has maintained a combined Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding Register, providing data to better understand the demand for this type of housing in the area and plan for future needs.

The Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015 (the Act) and Planning Practice Guidance states that Local Authorities that maintain a Register can implement a local connection test.  This would mean the register would include two separate parts:

  • Part 1: entries with a local connection
  • Part 2: entries with no local connection

The Act places a duty on the Council to grant enough 'development permissions of serviced plots of land' to meet the demand shown in Part 1 of the Register (but not specifically for those on the register). The entries on Part 1 together with the entries on Part 2 give the Council an indication of the overall interest in self-build and custom housebuilding.

Stratford-on-Avon District Council is inviting views on its proposals to split the Register into Parts 1 and 2 and the nature of the local eligibility criteria to join Part 1. Further information (including a list of the proposed eligibility criteria) is available on the District Council's website at:

The consultation runs until 5pm on Friday 11 August 2023.

Comments are invited on any aspect of the proposal and responses can be made via an on-line comment form using the link on the website or by downloading a form and emailing it to

For further information, please contact Planning Policy on 01789 260320 or email

Contact details

Stratford-on-Avon District Council
Elizabeth House, Church Street,
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire,
CV37 6HX
Tel: 01789 267575

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Last updated on 24/07/2023