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Self build housing

Have you ever thought about building your own home? We need to understand and estimate the demand for custom and self building in our local area. We would like to know how many West Oxfordshire people are interested in building their own home and the help they’ll need to do this.

About self build and custom build homes

The terms 'self build' and 'custom build' are used to describe situations where individuals or groups are involved in creating their own home. The amount of personal involvement will vary. For example, some self-builders physically build all or part of a home themselves. At the other end of the scale, a developer may find a site and then seek a number of self-build clients and build their homes to their specification under a contract.

Self build homes

Self build describes projects where the people involved play a very significant part in the process. They may help organise the project, commission an architect or builder, or do some of the construction or finishing off work too. Self-building does not necessarily mean picking up bricks and physically getting stuck in - most self-builders will be involved in the creative side of the process.

Custom build homes

Custom build describes a more 'hands-off' approach where a specialist developer co-ordinates the whole process for the people involved.

If you are interested in building your own home you will need to consider:

  • how long it will take
  • your budget
  • whether land is available in the area you want to build
  • what professional help you need and where to find it

For more information about self build/custom build projects and what you will need to consider to determine what would be the right route for you please visit the Self Build Portal.

Registering your interest in self build or custom build homes

At the moment, we are trying to assess the level of interest for self build or custom build homes in the West Oxfordshire.

This information will help us decide if there is a demand locally, and to develop specific planning policies for the provision of self-build or custom housing plots.


So that we can get a realistic idea of local demand, we would ask that you only register if you can meet the following criteria:

  • You are aged over 18
  • You are a British citizen, a national of an EEA State other than the United Kingdom, or a national of Switzerland; and
  • You are seeking to acquire a serviced plot of land build a house to occupy as your sole or main residence.

An association is eligible for entry in the register if each member of the association meets all of the eligibility requirements set out above.

We will need to take some details from you including what type of project you are interested in and what you want to build; where you wish to build; and what finances you may have in place.

Join the self build register

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.

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 would like to know more about how we use your personal information please view the self build privacy notice.

Available self-build plots

There is currently a plot of land for sale with outline planning permission for a detached bungalow in Charlbury. The planning reference is 19/03068/OUT.

An additional barn and garden offering a potential development opportunity is available in Chipping Norton. There is currently no planning permission granted.

Sources of funding, help and advice

You may be eligible to apply for a central government loan to assist you;

For advice around finance and mortgages, plot finding, project management or materials visit:

If you are unsure what type of build project is suitable for you and your budget, help can be found at: 

Guidance for small builders and community organisations to help them assist people who want to build their own homes:

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