Our 10 year Build-Zone Structural Warranty product will protect your completed home against a defect in the design, workmanship or materials.


Self-build Site Insurance is essential for anyone planning an Extension, Renovation, Conversion or New Build.


A contract is the glue that seals the relationship between a client and their contractor, consultant or supplier and is crucial for your project.

Sennocke International Insurance Services Renew CPD Accreditation

Sennocke International Insurance Services Ltd, a specialist niche-market Insurance Broker, are pleased to announce that they have made a commitment to providing effective learning opportunities that comply with the principles of Continuing Professional Development, by renewing their CPD Accreditation.


The CPD Certification Service was established in 1996 as the leading independent CPD accreditation institution operating across industry sectors to complement the Continuing Professional Development policies of professional institutes and academic bodies.

The CPD Certification Service provides support, advice and recognised independent CPD accreditation compatible with global CPD principles. CPD combines different methodologies to learning, such as training workshops, conferences and events, e-learning programs, best practice techniques and ideas sharing, all focused for an individual to improve and have effective professional development. There are over 1000 institutes & professional bodies across the UK, a number that is forecast to increase. Read more ›

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Custom build site being launched in East Staffordshire

A new custom build development is set to launch in Burton upon Trent.


The first development of its kind in the area, East Staffordshire Borough Council is launching its first custom and self-build site at Lynwood Road, Branston Village, Burton upon Trent.

The site, which will be developed in three phases, comprises 25 plots – with the first phase of development of eight plots. Each of these will be available to buy with outline planning permission for a spacious three, four or five-bedroom detached home. To help with construction and development, a panel of industry professionals will be available to help purchasers design and build at Lynwood Road. This flexible approach means that prospective homeowners can opt to do as much or as little work on the project as they wish, with expert help on hand throughout. For this scheme, the council is offering fully serviced plots, starting from £85,000.

In conjunction with Custom Build Homes from BuildStore, the council is hosting an information event at Branston Golf and Country Club, 15.30-18.00, 31st January 2017, where visitors can find out more about this opportunity to build their own home in Branston Village and register an interest in one of the plots.

Councillor Patricia Ackroyd, Cabinet Member for East Staffordshire Borough Council, said: ‘We’re delighted to announce that we will be selling land for the provision of serviced building plots for self and custom built homes, on council owned land in Branston, Burton upon Trent. This is an exciting time for people in East Staffordshire Borough Council who wish to custom build their own home and we’re pleased to provide a real development opportunity in this new and growing sector. Read more ›

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Council Obligation to Provide Plots

Local planning authorities in England now have a legal obligation to service the delivery of sufficient serviced building plots to meet local demand for self-build and custom build homes under the new Housing and Planning Act 2016, which came into effect on October 31.


Dubbed the ‘Right to Build’, the initiative is intended to help those looking to build their own homes to fulfil their ambitions.

Despite this, more than 20 out of 326 local planning authorities have still not fulfilled the requirement to assess local demand by introducing and promoting a custom and self-build demand register – a requirement that came into effect on April 1, 2016.

Guided by the National Planning Policy Framework, each local authority will need to adopt policies to meet demand for serviced plots appropriate for its own circumstances.

In the UK, just over eight per cent of homes are self/custom built compared to 60 per cent in Germany, 50 per cent in Australia and 23 per cent in the USA.

The government aims to double the number of custom and self-build homes in England by 2020. This includes the conversion of buildings into homes, and the creation of apartment blocks.

Councils can apply for an exemption where demand exceeds land availability.


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Self-storage Insurance for Self-Builders

If you are extending your house or premises as a self-builder then you may be considering placing some of your household goods into a self-storage facility during the duration of the build. If so,  then you will need to take out a self-storage insurance cover and this is where Store and can assist .

Not only can Store and offer a competitively priced scheme underwritten by the RSA but the insurance also includes cover for the goods during the course of the transit to and from the self storage facility.

Many self storage operators use the insurance to generate income by uplifting the rates but at Store and we are totally transparent in our pricing and our premiums are generally 40%-50% lower than those available from the self storage company.


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Relying on Home Insurance or your builder’s Public Liability Policy Renovation work not a good idea

Most ‘Home Insurance’ policies exclude cover for Renovation work and the builder’s Public Liability Insurance will require negligence to be proven, which can be extremely time consuming and expensive.


The Renovation Site Insurance policy from Self-Build Zone covers the property whilst being renovated, even if you aren’t initially living in it.  In addition, it covers all the new works and materials, right up to completion of the project (additional contents cover may be needed though).

More than likely you will have plant, tools and equipment on site and these will need to be covered.

We provide Employers’ and Public Liability insurance as standard as we know that other people, including family and friends, could be working on site and they may get injured or someone may cause damage to a third party or their property.  It is important that they are adequately protected and that also includes the cost of defending and/or pursuing a claim.

If you have a Party Wall Agreement in place, with one or more neighbours, you will probably be responsible for rectifying any damage caused to their property (however serious) so you should seek professional Party Wall advice in this respect and make sure you have adequate cover in place.

We can also provide JCT 6.5.1 Insurance. Read more ›

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