Issue details

Self Build and Custom Housebuilding Register: Proposed Local Connection Test

The purpose of this report is to seek the views of the Planning & Transportation Cabinet Advisory Board ahead of a decision by Cabinet on the proposal to undertake a non-statutory 4 week public consultation on the introduction of a local connection test to the Council’s Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Register. Section 4 of the report outlines what the local connection test would involve.


This report provides the appropriate and necessary background information on the relevant national and local policy context, as well as an explanation of the housing market circumstances that are considered to warrant giving priority to meeting the demand for self-build and custom housebuilding plots arising from those with clear connections to Tunbridge Wells borough.


The report also sets out the proposed nature of the local connection test and the proposed arrangements for consultation.

Decision type: Non-Key

Decision status: Decision Made

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 25/11/2019

Non-Exempt/ Exempt: Non-Exempt;

Decision due: 6 Feb 2020 by Cabinet

Lead member: Leader of the Council

Lead director: Director of Finance, Policy and Development (Section 151 Officer)

Department: Planning Policy

Contact: Thomas Vint, Planning Policy Offer Email:

Consultation process

Consultation to take place between February and April 2020.


The relevant Cabinet Advisory Board will be consulted.


Agenda items


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