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Self build register

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.

You can project manage your build with sub-contractors or use one contractor for a turnkey solution. This does not mean you have to do all the physical work yourself, it’s your choice.

The Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997, as amended (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. If you are interested in self-build, please complete the register below.

Complete the self build register

How we will use information on the register

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

We will use the information to develop planning policy and guidance for the National Park and 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.

To ensure the information is up to date, the list will be updated every 3 years, after which time the Park Authority 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 [email protected] to request this.

Publication of the list

Under the 1997 Act the Park Authority 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.

Your privacy

By completing and submitting the self-build registration form you are agreeing that you have read the privacy information contained within the form and consent to sharing the information provided with the Cairngorms National Park Authority and for the publication of parts of that information as shown in the self-build list.

More information

If you would like further information on self-build, please contact the planning team on 01479 873 535 or [email protected]

The Scottish Government has provided a time limited fund to assist self or custom builders finance the construction period for their new home. This is administered through the Communities Housing Trust and more information is available here (external link). The Communities Housing Trust also provide discounted self-build plots, to support affordable housing in remote and rural communities, including the National Park. See here (external link) for more information, details of available plots and to register your interest.

Further advice on self-build is available on external websites and the following are the most popular: