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Self and custom build housing

What you need to know to build your own home in Calderdale.

Do you want to build your own home? If so, we want to find out how much interest there is across Calderdale. To do this we keep a register of those who want to build their own homes.

We also want landowners and developers to identify sites that could be suitable.

The register is used to match those who want a self-build project with landowners who have plots of land.

Proposals for self-builds must have a formal planning application and are subject policies set out in our Local Plan.

For more advice and information, visit: Self Build Portal (NaCSBA).

What self-build housing is


You organise the design and construction of your own home. Below are some of options:

  • Self-build one-off homes. You manage the design and construction process. You are also involved in part or all of the construction of your home.
  • Contractor-built one-off homes. You manage the design process and appoint a contractor to build the home to your specification.
  • Kit homes. You select your preferred kit home and possibly establish the foundations. The kit home company then erects the home.
  • Independent community collaboration. You work with others to get a site, split into plots and then sort the design and construction.

Custom build

You work with a specialist developer to deliver your own home. There are also different options available with this method:

  • Developer-built one-off home: a developer builds a single home that the self-builder completes
  • Developer-led group project: a developer will organise a group and builds the homes that the self-builder completes

How to find a plot

If you join our register, it helps us to understand the need for self-build plots in the Borough. This is so the Council can permit sufficient permissions to meet this need. It also provides evidence to developers to support inclusion of self and custom build in their developments.

Note: The register does not directly provide plots of land for self and custom build. Plots are often registered with local estate agents and on websites such as:

People on the register will be informed when a site is given outline planning permission. They will also be notified when a site is submitted to our Register of Land.

Planning Policy

All proposals need a formal planning application and are subject to all relevant planning policies. We must give suitable permission to enough plots to meet demand in the borough. That figure is informed by the number of entries on the register. The Calderdale Local Plan (adopted March 2023) includes a policy to encourage self and custom housebuilding. Policy HS5 states:

  1. The Council will actively seek to promote and support sites for self-build and custom housebuilding on:
    • Land allocations in the Local Plan.
    • Other sites that might come forward during the Plan period where other material considerations indicate that support is appropriate.
  2. For sites of 100 dwellings or more. We look to have 5% of total capacity as serviced plots for self or custom build need. For this, we use the latest information in the register (see below).
  3. Applications for self and custom housebuilding on serviced plots should comply with other relevant Local Plan policies. This applies to large sites (100 dwellings or more) and other sites that come forward during the Plan period.
  4. A marketing strategy should be submitted as part of the proposal to establish the type, extent and duration of marketing. An information pack should provided to us to be distributed to appropriate people on the register.

Policy HS5 applies to all sites allocated for 100 or more dwellings and windfall sites above that threshold.

Site locations

Local Plan site reference Location Size in hectares (ha) Indicative Developable Area (ha) Indicative Capacity
LP0032 Land at the former Crosslee PLC, Brighouse Road, Hipperholme. 10.891 8.56 188
LP1170 Mulcture Hall Road, Halifax. 3.23 1.54 131
LP0571 Site to the rear of 9A Birds Royd Lane, Brighouse. 0.50 0.39 100
LP1077 Southedge Quarry, Brighouse Road, Hipperholme. 13.04 6.66 174
LP1078 Land between Dewsbury Road and New Hey Road, Rastrick. 10.57 5.12 267
LP1451 Land between Bradley Wood & Woodhouse Lane, Rastrick, Brighouse. 63.00 44.76 1,257
LP1463 Land between Highmoor Lane and Bradford Road, Brighouse. 140.44 105.15 1,998
LP0177 Land adjacent Ellistones Place, Saddleworth Road, Greetland. 6.03 5.83 175
LP0952 Land at New Gate Farm, Saddleworth Road, Greetland. 10.63 8.70 286
LP0978 Land off Lower Edge Road/Shaw Lane, Elland. 8.28 8.28 248
LP1567 Land adjacent Exley Lane, North of Elland. 20.54 15.46 450
LP0523 Land at Furness Avenue, Illingworth. 3.45 3.45 158
LP0531 Land off Whitehill Road, Keighley Road, Illingworth. 7.16 4.33 127
LP1229 Near Royd, Ovenden. 16.62 15.74 562
LP1409 Wood Lane, Off Ovenden Wood Road, Wheatley. 4.31 3.62 109
LP1425 Land South of Phoebe Lane, Siddal. 3.29 2.28 105
LP1429 Former St Catherine's High School, Holdsworth Road, Holmfield. 2.75 2.75 108
LP0766 Land off Hall Lane, Northowram. 5.81 3.83 149
LP0782 Land off Cock Hill Lane, Shelf. 5.85 4.67 141
LP1034 Land off Soaper Lane, Shelf. 2.92 2.92 100
LP1543 Land North and North West of Wade House Road, Shelf. 11.15 11.01 290
LP0044 Cemetery Lane, Lower Bentley Royd, Sowerby Bridge. 2.94 2.94 112

We have adopted a Self and Custom Build Housing Supplementary Planning Document (SPD). to:

  • manage the process by which developers will be expected to deliver self-build housing plots;
  • and to guide Council officers in decision making.

It includes planning obligations to ensure delivery on large sites. The SPD was adopted in November 2023.

Self-Build Secured by Design brochure (PDF)

The Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding Register

We must keep a register of those who seek to acquire serviced plots of land. For details, visit: Self Build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015.

The register's main purpose is to give us information on the demand for this type of housing in the Borough. If you register, you do not commit yourself to a self or custom build.

We cannot guarantee a plot of land will become available to you, if you join the register. We will keep you informed of relevant information and opportunities that could be of interest.

We will not publish the register. However, at times we will publish anonymous headline data from it in our monitoring reports.

How to express your interest

It is free and anyone can join the register, if you are:

  1. aged over 18;
  2. and a British citizen, a national of an EEA State other than the United Kingdom or a national of Switzerland;
  3. and want a serviced plot of land to build a house to occupy as your sole or main home.

When we receive your completed form, we will:

  1. Determine if you are eligible to be included on the register within 28 days.
  2. Make an entry on the register and let you know that this has been done, in writing.
  3. If the application is not eligible, we will write to you to explain the reasons within 28 days of the decision.

Self-Build Register Form

For applications from associations, we only notify the lead contact if it is accepted or not.

Anyone on the register can have their details removed or amended if they submit a request in writing to us.


We must grant enough planning permission for self-builds to meet the demand shown on the register. (This is over a rolling three-year period.) Below are annual reports that show how we have performed.

Register of Land

We invite the submission of sites that could be suitable for self or custom builds. This lets us know how much land there is in Calderdale for these builds. It can also be shared with people on the register.

To register a plot of land that may be suitable, please complete the form below. If you do not own the land, make sure you have permission from the landowner before you submit the details.

Self-build site submission form

In terms of promoting sites, not all sites will be considered acceptable for development of self-builds. Regard should be had to the policies of the Calderdale Local Plan. In particular, those that address settlement hierarchies and the Green Belt.

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