We are seeking enthusiastic individuals, families and groups who want to build their own homes.

Custom and Self-Build pro's and con's

We have a list of suitable land to develop and a register of individuals and groups interested in building their own homes. We want to see a range of property types taking shape across the District. You may want to specialise in an eco-friendly property, look at “container” housing or consider a timber house kit. We are also encouraging projects of several properties being constructed together by local community groups. Non-traditional house building can be cheaper than traditional construction. Have a look at what best suits your pocket and your aspirations.

There are 2 main types of construction in this concept: -   Custom and Self-Build.

  1. Custom Build— tends to be where you design your home with a specialist developer who then builds it. This can also include the developer building the “shell” up to say a watertight stage for you to then do all the internal work yourself.
  2. Self-Build—tends to be an individual or group completing a majority of the building work from the ground up, sometimes specialists are brought into complete jobs such as electrical or plastering work.

Cost considerations

There are a lot of things to think about when building your own home!   The options may be intimidating at first glance, but it is actually fairly straightforward when you take all the planning and design factors into consideration.


Self-building is an adventure dictated by your own constraints. There is no denying that there will be challenges, frustrations and a lot of excitement along the way. We have yet to hear of anybody who has regretted their decision to self-build.

Support websites

Most of the common issues experienced by people building their own home can be avoided by working with an experienced architectural designer and qualified construction contractor. Whatever skills you have and whichever route you follow, building your own home can be an amazing experience.

Mortgage advice on custom and self build

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You can  register your interest online.







Conservation Areas

Conservation areas are those parts of the District which have been recognised as having a special architectural or historic interest which is worthy of preservation and enhancement.

When considering planning applications for developments within them, a duty is placed on the local planning authority to pay special attention to the desirability of preserving or enhancing the character or appearance of the conservation area. Anyone intending to do works to trees in a conservation area is required to give the planning authority 6 weeks notice.

There are, at present, 27 conservation areas within Bolsover District, all of which can be viewed using the Find My.. mapping feature at the top of this page.

Aspley Grange Astwith Barlborough
Belph Bolsover Carnfield Hall
Clowne Creswell Elmton
Elmton-with-Creswell Farmsteads Hardstoft Hardwick and Rowthorne
Markland and Hollinhill Grips Newton Old Blackwell
Palterton Pleasley Park and Vale Pleasley Village
Scarcliffe Southgate House Stainsby
Steetley Stony Houghton Tibshelf
Upper Langwith Whaley Whitwell

Heritage at Risk

We have made significant progress over the years to protect and conserve some of the more prominent historical buildings in the District, such as the Model Village and the former Church of England Schools in Creswell.

However, we are aware that a large number of historic buildings are at risk and therefore we have prepared a Heritage at Risk Strategy (1MB) which prioritises action to tackle a further twenty-one buildings or group of buildings at risk across the District. The priority buildings include historic farmsteads, former railway buildings, former shops and pubs as well as smaller residential properties.

What can you do about Heritage at Risk?
If you know of a historic building that is at risk, where it has recently become more at risk, or if you are the owner or are interested in helping the Council save a building at risk, please let us know immediately. 

More information
More information on Heritage at Risk can be viewed at:

Listed Buildings

English Heritage is responsible for compiling and updating a List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. Listed Buildings are graded I, II* or II in recognition of their relative importance. They include fine examples of buildings associated with well-known architects or, a particular architectural period.

Within the District there are presently 395 listed buildings, ranging from minor structures such as street furniture and telephone kiosks through to internationally recognised buildings such as Bolsover Castle and Hardwick Hall.

The whole of the building is protected. This includes its interior; where historic fabric survives, as well as its exterior. Objects or structures within the grounds, which have formed part of the land since before 1 July 1948, are also protected.

We have a statutory duty to ensure that all works to listed buildings preserves their special historic or architectural character. Any demolition, extensions or alterations that affect the character will require prior Listed Building Consent. This may include some internal alterations and certain repairs and maintenance works.

It is not the intention of listing to prevent any alterations or changes to a building, but to ensure that if works are carried out they respect the building's historic and architectural character. There will, however, be a strong presumption in favour of preservation and minimising any disturbance to the building. It is an offence to carry out any of these works to a listed building without Listed Building Consent and we may take action against any unauthorised works.

It is always preferable to proceed with the sympathetic repair of a listed building. We can advise on correct repair techniques and those repairs, which can be carried out without the need for Listed Building Consent.

There is a statutory duty on the owners of listed buildings to maintain their property in a manner that preserves its architectural or historic character. This can result in a higher than usual financial responsibility. If a listed building falls into disrepair or is not being properly preserved we can enforce repairs through legal action if necessary.


Please download the guidance on the Government’s Ministerial Statement regarding construction site working hours during the response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Please note that the Council has cancelled all Planning Committee meetings until after May. For more information on the Council's response to the Coronavirus, please visit this webpage.


Pre-Application Advice

Please return our householder enquiry form (282kb) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you want to find out whether you need permission for extensions or alterations to your house.

Please return our pre-application advice form to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you want to find out whether you need planning permission for any other type of development and whether you would be likely to be granted planning permission for your proposals.

Making an Application

You can make a planning application online at the Planning Portal.

Commenting on an Application

You can find and comment on live planning applications using Public Access.

To find out more about how we will use your personal information when you comment on any planning application please look at our privacy statement

Making an Appeal

If the Council refuses your planning application, or you are unhappy with conditions attached to a planning permission, you can make an appeal to the Planning Inspectorate.


If you need any reasonable adjustments to be able to access our services please call 01246 242424 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

In accordance with  Government guidance, the planning department  have produced a ‘Planning Enforcement Plan’.

Report a suspected unauthorised development / breach of planning permission

How will the Council prioritise planning enforcement allegationHow will the Council prioritise planning enforcement allegation

How will we use personal data included on a completed ‘Unauthorised Activity Enquiry form’?

What types of complaints cannot be dealt with by planning enforcement?

How will we investigate suspected breaches of planning control?

Time limits for enforcement

Retrospective planning applications

Formal Enforcement Action

Planning Enforcement Register

The planning enforcement register is currently available to view at the Council Offices, The Arc, Clowne.

Local  Enforcement Plan


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Housing contacts

  • Tel: 01246 242424
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