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Government document sums up state of the self/custom build sector

Briefing paper summarises initiatives launched to date aimed at helping people build homes for themselves

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Sheffield City Council unveils numerous self/custom build plots

Right to Build vanguard council brings nine sites to market allowing up to 80 homes

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Custom build homes designated for East Midlands development

Outline planning permission secured for 60-home scheme in South Derbyshire

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Right to Build extended in Cambridgeshire

Councillors choose to continue Government scheme matching self builders with shovel ready sites

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More self build homes in the pipeline for Plymouth

Two new projects move step closer after funding approved by local authority

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Case Studies

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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Community Eco-homes, Devon

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Lancaster Cohousing

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Cropthorne

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Findhorn

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Almere, Holland

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Top tips

Architect or Package-build?

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More Sources of Information

More information

Millions of people watch the Grand Designs programmes on TV, and every year hundreds of thousands of people read the key self build magazines or visit the various self build exhibitions that take place all over the UK. At any one time there are at least 100,000 people searching for a plot of land.

The more time you spend researching your project and building a network of useful contacts, the easier it will be when you get your dream home underway.

DOCUMENT LIBRARY

The Self Build Portal has compiled a LIBRARY full of reports and documents each containing useful information on the self/custom build sector.

WHERE ELSE CAN I GO?

The Consumers' Association, Which?, has developed an interesting flowchart, which may help the process of building your own home. The Scottish Government also has a good general introduction to self building.

You can attend some of the self build shows and exhibitions around the country. Our Events section lists those that are coming up.

Read the main self build magazines and their associated websites, such as:

Other magazines which may be of interest include:

'The Self Build Guide' is also a good online source.

CAN I WATCH SOMETHING TO HELP ME?

Watch relevant television and video programmes, such as:

...we've also collated some handy content on our VIDEOS page.