Toggle menu

Self and Custom Build Housing in Sunderland

The council would like to hear your views/comments on the suitability of creating self and custom build home (SCB) plots on council owned land.

SCB housing covers everything from individuals designing and building their own home to people who want to buy a home that has been customised to an individual's specification. Homes built in this way can allow people to use their own skills and labour to get a home more cost effectively. SCB homes are generally greener, more affordable and more innovatively designed than standard market housing and they offer a real alternative to buying 'off the peg' houses that may not meet a household's needs.

Government policy requires councils to assist people who want to build their own homes. As such, Sunderland City Council's (SCC) Local Plan includes policies that support appropriate SCB developments as well as seeks to identify appropriate sites to assist in the delivery of SCB house building plots.

Through SCC's existing self-build register we know people are actively seeking SCB opportunities in Sunderland, and the council has identified two sites that have the potential to meet unmet SCB demand. Sites have been identified at High Southwick/ Fulwell and Land off Bonemill Lane, Fatfield, Washington.

Further details regarding the sites and SCC's SCB proposal can be found below.

Potential SCB sites

High Southwick/Fulwell site

Fatfield site

Self and custom build homes proposal


The consultation is now live and will run until 1 March 2024

The purpose of the consultation is to make sure we hear the views of the community, both the local community and the SCB community, and make sure our plans are considerate of these.

To answer your questions two consultation events are to be held:

  • Harraton Community Centre on Tuesday 13 February 5.30pm -7.30pm
  • Thompson Park Community Centre on Thursday 15 February 5.30pm -7.30pm        

To have your say on SCB please complete this short questionnaire

Alternatively, please submit comments via email to:

Next steps

The plans are still at an early stage of design, this is an opportunity for you to provide us with your views and ideas and to help us determine whether to proceed with the two potential development sites and to gauge the level of interest in SCB, before deciding whether to submit a planning application for SCB. If the council do proceed with the two SCB sites, we will submit planning applications Summer 2024.

Share this page

Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share by email