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News

Greater London Authority launches self/custom build register

List will gauge city-wide interest in programme which could see councils allocate plots of land across the city

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Self builders sought to deliver 39-home scheme on Dartmoor

Councillor aims to voluntarily train team to build eco-friendly bungalows for themselves

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Custom build developer establishes West Midlands projects

Thirty zero-carbon custom build homes earmarked for sites in Staffordshire and Telford

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Scottish council to develop self/custom build options in major housing strategy

Local authority commits to bring forward sites for people to build or customise a home for themselves as part of a drive to deliver 25,000 new homes by 2025

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Challenge to overturn Section 106 fees exemption upheld

Court ruling could block government measures to save people thousands of pounds from the cost of delivering self and custom build projects

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Case Studies

Steel Farm

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Merlin Haven

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Timber Frame Home, Ventnor

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Aldcliffe Yard, Lancaster

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Walthamstow Social Rent Scheme

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Prefabricated Passivhaus bungalow

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Cookham Dean, Berkshire

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Harvest House

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Bickleigh Eco Village, Devon

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Stoke-on-Trent Serviced Building Plots

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Forevergreen House

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Housing People Building Communities

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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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Lancaster Cohousing

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Cropthorne

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St Just In Roseland

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Almere, Holland

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Events

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EXHIBITIONS

Some exhibitions are free while some charge. Please check each event’s website for further details. You may find that if you register in advance, discounts may be available.

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2015

 icon-events homeshowwest

11-13 September

The Western Home Show >>  

Malvern, Worcestershire

 icon-events sbd

12-13 September

SelfBuild & Design Show >>  

Exeter, Devon

 icon-events hbr

25-27 September

The London Homebuilding & Renovating Show >>  

ExCeL, London

 icon-events chisbs

3-4 October

Cornwall Home Improvement & Self Build Show >>  

The Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge

 icon-events ukconstweek

6-11 October

UK Construction Week >>  

NEC, Birmingham

 icon-events timberexpo

6 October

Timber Expo: 'Custom Build: The Perfect Opportunity for Timber?' >>  

NEC, Birmingham

 icon-events buildshow

6-8 October

Build Show >>  

NEC, Birmingham

 icon-events gdl

8-11 October

Grand Designs Live >>  

NEC, Birmingham

 icon-events hbr

8-11 October

The Edinburgh Homebuilding & Renovating Show >>  

RHC, Edinburgh

 icon-events biggreen

23-25 October

The Big Green Home Show >>  

Swindon, Wiltshire

 icon-events hbr

6-8 November

The Northern Homebuilding & Renovating Show >>  

Harrogate, Yorkshire

 icon-events greenbuild

10-11 November

Greenbuild EXPO >>  

Manchester Central, Manchester

 icon-events hbr

21-22 November

The South West Homebuilding & Renovating Show >>  

Manchester Central, Manchester

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COURSES/WORKSHOPS/TALKS

Some of the events listed here are free, but some do involve charges. Please check carefully in advance by contacting the relevant organisers. 

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2015

28-31 Aug Complete Cob Building Workshop [Fleggburgh, Norfolk]
29 Aug Ask An Architect [Swindon]
1 Sep VAT and tax planning for self builders [Bath]
4 Sep Land: Plots & Planning [Swindon]
5-7 Sep Self Build Course [Swindon]
7-11 Sep Gain the skills to build your own Passivhaus [Hethel, Norfolk]
21-25 Sep Gain the skills to build your own Passivhaus [Hethel, Norfolk]
25-28 Sep Complete Cob Building Workshop [Fleggburgh, Norfolk]
26 Sep Ask An Architect [Swindon]
3 Oct Project Management course [Swindon]
5-9 Oct Gain the skills to build your own Passivhaus [Hethel, Norfolk]
6 Oct Designing your home [Bath]
10-11 Oct Building with rammed earth and chalk [Brighton]
16-18 Oct Self-building an Earthship [Brighton]
17 Oct 1 Day Self Build Event [Eden Project, Cornwall]
19-23 Oct Gain the skills to build your own Passivhaus [Hethel, Norfolk]
31 Oct Ask An Architect [Swindon]
2-6 Nov Gain the skills to build your own Passivhaus [Hethel, Norfolk]
3 Nov An evening with Jackson Moulding (Ecomotive) [Bath]
7-9 Nov Self Build Course [Swindon]
13-15 Nov North East Passivhaus Open Days [Whitfield, near Hexham, Northumberland]
16-20 Nov Gain the skills to build your own Passivhaus [Hethel, Norfolk]
21 Nov Retrofit Eco Solutions [Swindon]
28 Nov Ask An Architect [Swindon]
5 Dec Project Management course [Swindon]
7-11 Dec Gain the skills to build your own Passivhaus [Hethel, Norfolk]