Build Your Own Home
What is self build and custom build?
Self-build usually means that you are directly involved in the design and building of your home.
You could build your home:
- With the help of a contractor
- With a group of other self-builders, sharing knowledge and expertise
Custom build usually means that you work with a specialist developer to design and build your home. It is more of a ‘hands off’ approach.
The developer could:
- Help you find a plot
- Build your home
- Arrange finance for the cost of building your home
Self Build Register
You can apply to be included on the Mid Sussex self build and custom house building register.
Be aware that:
Registration is for our information only. It does not mean you will get a plot
Land for custom and self build within Mid Sussex is sold at market value
The register is divided into two parts:
- Part One – People with a local connection to Mid Sussex
- Part Two – People who do not have a local connection
Sites with planning permission
The following sites have permission to provide serviced plots for self/custom builders:
Community Land Trusts
Community Land Trusts are not-for-profit organisations that buy land and keep its value for the benefit of the local community.
Only the value of the buildings are bought and sold which means affordable housing, either to rent or to buy, can be built on this land.
Community land trusts are not just for housing, they can also be used to provide employment space, village shops, and more.
Mid Sussex District Council is pleased to support the Sussex Community Housing Hub - an enabling service providing advice and support to community-led housing groups such as:
- Community Land Trusts
- Co-operative housing
- Self build groups
- National Community Land Trust Network
- Read our leaflet: Community land trusts in a nutshell
- Read about the Community land trust umbrella project
- Sussex Community Housing Hub - Action in Rural Sussex
Helen Blackith, Housing Enabling Manager