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Task Force promotes community-led housing with awards of free advice

Following a call for applications earlier in the year, the Right to Build Task Force has awarded five organisations free help in the form of tailored expert advice.

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Get inspired by Netherland's Custom and Self-build homes

The Netherlands has been leading the way in innovation for Custom and Self-build homes, so get inspired by some of the various routes it uses to give people a tailor-made home.&....

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RUSS training day: From proposal to Planning

RUSS is running a one-day workshop for community-led groups, the second module in its education programme. 

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Could your grand design be built in a flying factory?

A flying factory is way of building a Self- or Custom Build home with all the benefits offered by building in a precision-factory environment, but on site.

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Community groups should take up learnings from free Right to Build Expos

The Right to Build Task Force has announced four more Expos fo....

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Case Studies

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Bath Street Collective Custom Build

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Planning for retirement with Potton

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Bakers Shaw

Bakers Shaw mixed build-method Passivhaus

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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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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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New report suggests self build can treble in size

4 March 2013

A key document that looks at the potential to grow the number of houses in Britain, the cost advantages and other benefits of building homes in this way, has been presented to Housing Minister, Mark Prisk MP.

Comments  

 
#6 David Ramsay 2013-03-26 20:34
CIL - is no more than a replacement for Council Tax rises. CIL is daylight robbery, they are being capped by central government and then allowed to impose fees on builders.

Now of course they want a vibrant self build! If they want that then they should be honest and increase council tax for all in the region. After all the facilities will be available to all so it is only fair that everyone pays,

106 - in principle if this is for infrastructure modifications to allow the new property to be added to the sewerage, electricity etc then that is fine as long as there is NO profit to be made, after all the standing charge and cost of supply etc. is where the profit should come from.
 
 
#5 James Manly 2013-03-26 15:26
If you want self build to take off then exempt self builders from CIL and Section 106.

These levies should really be an incentive for councils to approve more building, so perhaps what would be more useful would be to increase the CIL while at the same time removing restrictive planning rules. However, where the CIL should be set and how many rules should be removed is probably an individual matter.
 
 
#4 Nigel Cook 2013-03-04 22:31
Thanks David have just got the book which is a great help but in reference to any building/kit home company etc people won't give you any real idea without having land. I can go to my local Ford garage and be told how much a new Mondeo is without promising them the earth. Slightly different with house building but a 100m square kit house of a set design cost the same to make whether you want to set the foundations. Land and labour etc are varibles but the house fabric should be the same :sad:
 
 
#3 David Ramsay 2013-03-04 22:06
Quoting Nigel Cook:
Quoting David Ramsay:
If you want self build to take off then exempt self builders from CIL and Section 106


This is true but also we find that no one will even talk to you unless you have a plot already. How can I work out if I can afford to self build if no one will give me some idea of cost. How can the "average Joe" afford to build "his" own house with high price and a sort of snobbery based on the "Grand Design" format. What about my "slightly small, querky and unique" bargain basement build. :sigh:

Cost: Try Mark Brinkley's book
 
 
#2 Nigel Cook 2013-03-04 21:47
Quoting David Ramsay:
If you want self build to take off then exempt self builders from CIL and Section 106


This is true but also we find that no one will even talk to you unless you have a plot already. How can I work out if I can afford to self build if no one will give me some idea of cost. How can the "average Joe" afford to build "his" own house with high price and a sort of snobbery based on the "Grand Design" format. What about my "slightly small, querky and unique" bargain basement build. :sigh:
 
 
#1 David Ramsay 2013-03-04 21:04
If you want self build to take off then exempt self builders from CIL and Section 106
 

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