Find out about self build housing in East Renfrewshire
The Planning (Scotland) Act 2019 (Section 16E) requires Local Planning Authorities to "prepare and maintain" a list of anyone interested in acquiring land for self-build across the authority's area.
Self-build housing is where an individual (whether acting alone or with other individuals) commissions or is personally involved in the design and construction of a dwelling that is intended to be the individual's main residence once it is built.
The self-build list covers the following types of self-build:
- Self-build housing - where a person builds their own house or appoints their own builder
- Custom-build housing - where a person tasks a house builder to tailor a home to their preferences before it is built
- Collective self-build - where a group get together to build their homes
- Co-Housing - an intentional, mutually-supportive community with shared communal space
- Self-provided housing - includes self-build housing, custom-build housing and collective build housing
If you're interested in self-build, please complete the enquiry form below
We'll not pass your information onto anyone outside the Council without your further written consent.
East Renfrewshire is viewed as a highly desirable place to live, work and visit. It's an area of rich environmental quality in terms of both the built and natural environment, with a network of important local urban green spaces that contribute positively to local amenity and which provide leisure and recreation opportunities. Appropriate development is central to maintaining the quality of the built environment, and in particular ensuring that it does not impact upon the character and amenity of the area. Good quality design, careful siting and consideration of scale, context and design of the building are key to ensuring that development does not erode the character and appearance of our residential areas.
We want to support the delivery of more high quality, affordable and sustainable homes in the right locations, providing choice across tenures that meet the diverse housing needs of people and communities. Good quality homes should be at the heart of great places and contribute to strengthening the health and wellbeing communities. We want to ensure the provision of land in the right locations to accommodate future need and demand for new homes, supported by the appropriate infrastructure. To help tackle climate change, we will need more energy efficient, net zero emissions homes, supporting a greener, fairer and more inclusive wellbeing economy and community wealth building, tackling both fuel and child poverty.
The National Planning Framework (NPF4) (February 2023) sets out:
- Proposals for new homes that improve affordability and choice by being adaptable to changing and diverse needs, and which address identified gaps in provision, will be supported. This could include: self-provided homes; accessible, adaptable and wheelchair accessible homes; affordable homes; a range of size of homes such as those for larger families; homes for older people including supported accommodation, and homes for other specialist groups.
- Development proposals for new homes on land not allocated for housing in the LDP will only be supported in limited circumstances.
- Other policies such as on design, brownfield first and rural homes that should be taken into account in considering sites and designing self-build homes.
How the list will be used
Understanding the demand for self-provided housing is important for both the Council's plan-making and decision-taking. This list of people with a registered interest in acquiring land in the Council's area for self-provided housing, will be monitored alongside broader housing market data and help to inform policies and proposals in the LDP. By signing up, you will help us find out more about the demand for self-build plots in the Council where people would like their plot to be and the type of house that they would like to build.
We'll use the information to explore ways in which it might be possible for people and plots to be brought together. Registration does not however guarantee that a suitable plot will be identified, or become available for you. To ensure the information is up to date, the list will be updated every 2 years after which time the Council will contact you to check if you wish to remain on the list. Should you wish your details to be removed at any other point (i.e. you no longer require a self-build plot), please contact the Council to request this.
Publication of the list
Under the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997 as amended by Section 16E of the Planning (Scotland) Act 2019, the Council as the "planning authority" are to publish the list in such manner as the authority consider appropriate (as for example by means of the internet). In line with data protection, your personal details (apart from your name) will be removed before the list is published or updated online.
More information & links
Further advice on self-build is available on the following external websites:
You can also find information on Planning and Building Standards webpages