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News

Self build schemes progress in Oldham and Bedfordshire as new register launches

Two projects see over 40 self build homes in pipeline as another local authority begins to list prospective self/custom builders

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New scheme launched to help more people build their own homes

Blueprint de-risks mortgage applications for self/custom build properties by allowing vanguard councils to 'oversee' projects

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Custom build plans approved for regeneration of North Shields dockyard

Work expected to start this year on first phase of 34 two and three storey contemporary family homes

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Partnership ready to offer custom build homes at Trevenson Park South

Self build specialist teams up with Cornwall-based contractor/developer to provide homes for pioneering South West custom build scheme

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Midlands vanguard councils create self build registers

Local authorities just a few of the 11 selected by the government to pioneer the Right to Build Scheme

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Case Studies

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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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 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 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.