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Possible changes to the self-build and custom housebuilding register

In line with the requirements of the Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015 and the Housing and Planning Act 2016, the Council keeps a register of individuals and associations of individuals who are interested in self-build or custom housebuilding projects in the Borough. The register helps to identify the level of demand for suitable plots. 

At the present time, all entries on the Council’s register are held together but the Act and associated regulations permit the splitting of the register into two parts: Part 1 for those who have a local connection to the Borough and Part 2 for those who do not. 

Where registers are split into Parts 1 and 2, councils are required to meet the demand as evidenced by Part 1 only, over a rolling three-year period.

The Council is considering whether to divide the Register into Parts 1 and 2 (for both individuals and associations) in order to give priority to those with a local connection. Before making a decision, we would like to hear your views. 

Deadline for comments

The consultation will run from 7 August 2020. All comments must reach the Council by 5pm on 20 September 2020

Have your say

We would prefer you to give us your comments via the online consultation questionnaire.

If you cannot use the online questionnaire, you can download a paper copy of the online form and send it, by email to

You can also print it and post it (with a stamp) to:

Housing Strategy Team
Room 415
Borough Hall
Cauldwell Street
MK42 9AP

A paper copy of the proposal is available to view, by appointment, in the Customer Service Centre, Horne Lane, Bedford, MK40 1RA (01234 267422). It will also be placed in the local libraries should they re-open in the consultation period.

What happens next?

Comments made will be published and, therefore, publically available; but the identities of the individuals making them will not.

All consultation responses will be considered before a decision is made in November 2020.

Please contact the Housing Strategy Team on 01234 718572 or email if you have any queries about the consultation or wish to discuss the proposed changes to the Register.