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Self-Build and Custom Build Housing Register and Brownfield Land Register


Self-Build and Custom Housing Register

What is self-build and custom build?

Self-build housing usually means that you are directly involved in organising the design and construction of your new home. Custom build usually means working with a specialist developer to help you deliver your home. 

What is the purpose of the register?

The Government wants to enable more people to build or commission their own home. This register will provide an indication of the demand for self/custom build in the borough and allow the Council to develop its housing and planning policies to support the kinds of self and custom build projects that would be most appropriate.

Registering your interest in self and custom build

If you would like to register your interest, please complete the registration form

How we will use information from the register?

By signing up, you will help us find out more about the demand for custom build plots in the borough, where people would like their plot to be and the type of house that they would like to build.

We shall 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. The Council are exploring opportunities to make land available for self-build and custom house building.

We will not pass identifiable information from the Register onto anyone outside the Council without the written consent of the person who registered their details.

If you require any further information, please contact the Economic Strategy and Spatial Planning Team.

Brownfield Land Register

The Council is required by Government to produce a Brownfield Land Register. The purpose of the register is to identify suitable brownfield sites that are available for housing development or housing led mixed use development. It will also help to provide publicly available information on suitable brownfield sites.

 The Brownfield Land Register comprises two parts.

  • Part 1- identifies suitable brownfield sites for housing for 5 or more dwellings. Inclusion on this list does not necessarily mean that the site would be granted planning permission.

  • Part 2- allows us to select sites from Part 1 and grant Permission in Principle (PIP) for housing-led development, after undertaking necessary requirements for publicity, notification and consultation. PIP establishes the fundamental principle for development of a site in terms of its use and the approximate number of homes that the site can reasonably accommodate. PIP is similar to an 'outline' planning permission. Technical details consent would be required in order for any site with PIP to be developed.

The Council have produced a Brownfield Land Register. Most sites contained on the register either have an existing planning permission or are proposed allocations within the emerging Local Plan. At this stage no sites have been identified for Part 2 of the register. The Council are required to review the register on an annual basis.

The Council intend to use future updates of the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) to identify sites to be included in future updates of the register. Please contact the Economic Strategy and Spatial Planning Team  should you to submit a site for consideration through the SHLAA.

 The register can be viewed at the following link: 


The Government has published guidance to assist with the preparation and publishing of Brownfield Land Registers and information on Permission in Principle. These can be viewed at: 

An overview map and individual site maps showing the brownfield land sites in Stockton-on-Tees are provided in the table below:

Overview Map Site T1 Site EPY15
Site S7 Site S31 Site T13
Site S1 Site S23 Site 203
Site 674 Site 506 Site 268
Site 698 Site 630 Site 452

 If you require any further information, please contact the Economic Strategy and Spatial Planning Team.