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News

New Right to Build areas set to help custom and self builders

Eleven councils to maintain register of prospective custom and self builders and identify suitable sites

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Custom build is "the future", says Housing Minister

Brandon Lewis reveals plans at conference to drive forward range of new custom build initiatives

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More than 40 custom build homes planned for Surrey development

Local initiative ready to submit outline planning for 43 plots on 100 acre site in Cranleigh

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Community group hopes to secure heritage land for self build homes

Ambitious plan aims to bring affordable self build to residents of ex-coal mining village

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'Garden cities for self and custom builders' idea wins Wolfson Prize

Winning submission calls for garden city masterplans with serviced plots for self and custom builders

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Case Studies

Bickleigh Eco Village, Devon

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Stoke-on-Trent Serviced Building Plots

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Harvest House

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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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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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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.

2014

9-12 Oct Grand Designs Live [Birmingham]
24-26 Oct The Big Green Home Show 2014 [Swindon]
25-26 Oct The Scottish Homebuilding & Renovating and Home Improvement Show [Edinburgh]
7-9 Nov The Northern Homebuilding & Renovating and Home Improvement Show [Harrogate]
22-23 Nov The South-West Homebuilding & Renovating and Home Improvement Show [Bath & West Showground, Somerset]

2015

30 Jan-1 Feb The Southern Home Show [London]
7-8 Feb Build It Live! North West [Manchester]
28 Feb-1 Mar Build It Live! South East [Bluewater]


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. 

2014

6 Oct 'Energy efficiency in self building' [Bath]

A talk with David Hilton.

10 Oct An Introduction To Self Build [Swindon]

Considering Self Build or searching for a plot? - This seminar is the perfect starting point.

11 Oct Networking for Self Builders [St. Neots]

This event brings together like-minded people and provides support and guidance for your self build project.

17 Oct How To Start Your Build [Bedfordshire or Swindon]

This seminar provides expert guidance on how to get your build off to a positive start.

18 Oct Ask An Architect [Swindon]

Discuss ideas for designing and building your self home.

23 Oct The Funding Landscape 2014 [York]

A conference that might be of interest to certain self build groups.

4 Nov 'Funding your self build' [Bath]

A talk with Jon Lee.

6 Nov Good Homes Alliance Annual Conference [London]

A must-attend event for those who want to gain a greater understanding of where housing is going and what the opportunities are for the delivery of good homes in the UK.

8-10 Nov Self Build & Renovation Course [Swindon]

Three-day introductory course/workshop to self build.

14 Nov Creating the Look [St. Neots] Featuring tips from experienced interior designers, paint suppliers, kitchen designers and many more.
14-15 Nov Planning your community-led self build project [Bristol]

Workshop aimed at people who are keen to set up or join a group self build project and want to have a good grasp of the processes that will be involved.

15 November Ask An Architect [Swindon]

Discuss ideas for designing and building your self home.

21 November How To Build [Bedfordshire or Swindon]

This workshop provides practical guidance about how to plan, manage and control the build process.

28 November An Introduction To Self Build [Bedfordshire or Swindon]

Considering Self Build or searching for a plot? - This seminar is the perfect starting point.

29 November Eco Workshop [Swindon]

Talk to experts about eco technologies, sustainability, low-carbon building and refurbishment.

13 December How To Successfully Complete The Build [Bedfordshire or Swindon]

Advice and tips about how to achieve a complete and defect free build.