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Homes England loan funding unlocks land for further custom build homes

20 new plots for custom build homes are being brought to market at Howton Road in 2018 as part of a development allocation in Newton Abbot by Teignbridge District Council (DC) i....

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Ecology Building Society provides mortgage finance at Cambridge Cohousing’s Marmalade Lane project

Ethical lender the Ecology Building Society has teamed up with Cambridge Cohousing to offer mortgages to the future residents of Marmalade Lane, a 42-home community in the proce....

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Fareham Borough Council and the Right To Build Task Force pursues potential for plots at Welborne Garden Village

Fareham Borough Council and the Right To Build Task Force are working together to help realise potential for self-build and custom build plots at Welborne Garden Village in Hamp....

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Ticket offer for Spring self-build shows

 

Self Build Portal brings you free ticket offers to the best self build shows for anyone wanting to build their dream home...

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Right To Build Expo heads South West for self-build and custom expertise

NaCSBA's Right To Build Task Force, NaCSBA and Wood for Good, in partnership, are hosting the Right To Build Expo: Unlocking the Potential of Custom and Self-build, near Exeter ....

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Case Studies

Beattie Passive house

Manx passive home

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Contemporary Timber Frame Home

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Passivhaus Family Farmhouse

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Steel Farm

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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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Findhorn

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Almere, Holland

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Hockerton

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Top tips

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Challenging sites

Challenging sites
  • Not all building plots are the same. Some require little money to develop, some are very expensive.
  • Watch out for difficult ground conditions — presence of large trees, clay soils, mining areas, and other factors. You may have to have engineered foundations, typically piles, and these can cost £30k instead of £10k for standard foundations in normal ground. Ask building inspectors about likely ground conditions and, if necessary, undertake a ground survey.
  • Backland plots are often much more expensive to develop. The further you are away from the road, the more it will cost for the drain runs, electrics and water supplies, driveways, fencing. Budget £1k every 2m back from roadway.
  • Planning requirements: if you are building in a sensitive zone (National Parks, conservation areas, near to listed buildings) then expect to have to use more expensive materials.
  • Replacement dwellings: normally, the infrastructure is in place which makes them easy to develop, but watch out for demolition costs which can range from £5k to over £20k, especially if there is asbestos to remove.