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Help people self or custom build to counter housing crisis, says trade body

BSA calls on new Government to provide opportunities for people to build their own homes to help deliver 200k per year

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'First' successful planning appeal for proposed custom build development

Inquiry results in first effective appeal to test NPPF custom/self build policy

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One in four Brits wish to build their own home, new research suggests

Around 13 million people in Great Britain dream of building a home for themselves, according to a new survey

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Self builders sought to take on plots in Cumbria

Plans submitted for four self build homes on one-acre development in small village

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Brandon Lewis remains as Housing Minster after cabinet reshuffle

Tory MP for Great Yarmouth retains his position as Minister of State for Housing and Planning at DCLG after early confusion over role

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Case Studies

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 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 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.