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Additional 5,000 self/custom build homes likely to be created

Opportunity for people to build their own homes in new garden cities

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Around 60 councils now involved in planning or supporting more self and custom build housing

Yorkshire MP quizzes Housing Minister on self build progress

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Blue Ribbon self build winner announced

Garden plot in Surrey scoops 2014 award

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Government outlines how the Section 106 affordable housing exemption might work for self builders and home extenders

Government’s proposals revealed in a new Consultation document

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Huge turn out from MPs for the inaugural meeting of the self and custom build All Party Parliamentary Group

Planning Minister says he wants to see at least a quarter of all Britain's homes delivered by self/custom build

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Case Studies

Bickleigh Eco Village, Devon

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Stoke-on-Trent Serviced Building Plots

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Forevergreen House

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Liverpool Habitat for Humanity

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Sülzer Freunde, Cologne

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Berlin - 'Building Groups'

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Manor Farm, Kirton

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Straw-baling, Perthshire

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Low-cost Irish House

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Community Eco-homes, Devon

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Lancaster Co-Housing

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Cropthorne

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Findhorn

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St Just In Roseland

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Hempsted Green

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Vauban, Germany

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Warborough

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Almere, Holland

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Ashley Vale

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West Quantoxhead

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Castle Ring Wood

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The Camberwell Curve

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Trefeglwys

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Wellstride

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Hockerton

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Wokingham

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Top tips

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Developer built one-off home

Benefits

  • It’s generally quick, simple and easy to do as they take care of everything
  • You can sometimes arrange with the developer for you to finish off the work yourself - this can result in savings of 10-20%
 

Challenges

  • There are currently only about a dozen self build developers offering this option around the UK
  • It tends to be a more expensive solution as the developer will want to recover all his costs and make a fair profit

What you usually have to do

  • Find a developer with a site and some house designs that you like.
  • Agree on any changes you may want to the design.

Next steps

There is a growing number of developers offering one stop solutions. The map below identifies the ones we know of and the locations of their projects:

bloc

London / Nationwide

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Plot

Lancaster

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Plot

Bollington, Cheshire

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Glenrate

North Yorkshire

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Robert Wilson Homes

Lincolnshire and Humberside

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Fairgrove Homes

Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and South Yorkshire

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Swallow Hill Homes

Nottinghamshire

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O&H Properties

Peterborough

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Urban Self Build

Peterborough

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Derwood Homes

South West

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Solidspace

London and the South East

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Concept2Group

Berkshire, Surrey and North Hampshire

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Pro-found Development

Berwick-Upon-Tweed

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One of the best things you can do is read up on the whole process. The best book is 'The House Builders Bible' – which is readily available on Amazon and in good book shops. 'Building Your Own Home' is also a very good guide.

You could also go on one of many courses aimed at self builders.

There are many other sources of useful information – such as exhibitions and the various self build magazines.

Case studies

Wellstride

Wellstride

This Welsh project will provide 118 plots for self builders. A serviced plot costs £105,000, or a fully built bespoke home can be provided.

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Hempsted Green

Hempsted Green, Peterborough

This developer-led project offers serviced plots from £90,000, or a fully built three bedroom home for around £195,000.

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