The number of planning permissions granted for custom and self build plots has fallen by 23% from the previous year, according to data published by the Department of Levelling-Up, Communities and Housing. Soaring inflation in 2022 and flip-flopping from the government on proposed national planning policy have played a big role in the drop, as well as a rise in the number of councils applying charges and tests to join Right to Build registers. In fact, research has found 21% of people are unaware the registers even exist. You can sign up to your council’s register via NaCSBA’s selfbuildportal.org.uk website, putting pressure on local authorities to deliver. If your council charges and that puts you off, you can still state your desire to self build using NaCSBA’s template letters.