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South London group steps up self build campaign as more projects are established

Lewisham-based organisation plans discussion day on 34-home self build project; one of many new schemes taking shape

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Collaborative project wins top prize in the Self Build on a Shoestring 2014 competition

Team of architect, community self build group and housing association wins £5,000 prize

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Six innovative ideas shortlisted for the Self Build on a Shoestring 2014 competition

Overall winner revealed and presented with £5,000 prize at Grand Designs Live on Thursday

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More than a third of Britons open to building their own home

Survey for Building Societies Association finds that over 21 million Britons willing to build for themselves

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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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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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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.