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News

Self builders should come first in home ownership, says Tory-supporting blog

Manifesto calls on planning authorities to help self builders own homes as a priority

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Council completes purchase of Graven Hill self build site

Cherwell District Council takes ownership of land earmarked for UK's first large-scale self build community

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Call for thousands of new self build homes across London

Recommendation for urban pilot project of 100 sites for self builders to construct new homes on

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Bidding opens for £200million to deliver custom build homes on brownfield sites

Councils encouraged to partner with developers and apply for funding to build thousands of new homes

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Another stream of self and custom build schemes set to be realised

More self and custom build homes possible as new projects move forward and council surveys gauge interest

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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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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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More sources of self build 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 Self Build Portal is here to help you. But where else can you go for more information?

The Scottish Government 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 the ones 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 a good online source.

Watch relevant television and video programmes, such as:

...you can also find some handy video clips on YouTube.

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.