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Increase in Numbers Looking to Build Their Own Homes

Recent research by the National Custom and Self Build Association (NaCSBA) has revealed that the number of people wanting to self-build has risen by 80% since this time last year. A further 18,000 people have now signed on to the Right to Build Registers held by councils across the UK, meaning that councils now…

I was reading through some articles in Scottish Construction Now (yes, I do lead an exciting life) the other day, and came across a series of pieces on how the Chinese have enacted a ban on what leader Xi Jinping has called “weird architecture”. Apparently Chinese architects have been getting a little excitable and…

43 self build plots win outline planning in Seaton, Cumbria

A new estate of self build homes is well on the way to becoming a reality in Seaton, Cumbria. The project is the brainchild of local man Mark Hodgson, who owns the land south of Lowca Lane in Seaton, where he has outline planning permission for a development of 43 self build homes. He…

York City Council Announces Plans for New Development

York City Council has revealed its proposals for the Lowfield Green site that was the home of Lowfield school until it closed 10 years ago. There will be 6 self-build plots made available, as well as 96 two, three and four bedroomed houses, 26 bungalows, and 16 one and two bedroomed apartments for people over…

More calls for Off Site Manufactured Homes to be used to help solve the Housing Crisis

The London Assembly planning committee has urged Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, to step up and make it a priority to use system building techniques to mass-produce offsite manufactured homes (OSM) on developments in London.  Off Site Manufacturing Systems, which include timber frame panel houses, can be used to build houses much more quickly,…

Community Self-Build Pioneer Architect Warns of Problems with Government Reforms

Jon Broome, a pioneering architect who worked with self-build legend Walter Segal, is currently involved with the Rural Urban Synthesis Society’s self-build housing project and community land trust in Lewisham. He has concerns that the plans announced in July by communities secretary Sajid Javid to ban the sale of new homes on a leasehold…

Community housing charity Giroscope, based in Hull, is looking to move into community self-build as a step on from its well-established renovation schemes. Giroscope buys and renovates empty properties and rents these at an affordable rent to people in housing need – for example, people on low incomes or claiming benefits, young people, single…

The Guardian Features Walter Segal, RUSS and Self-Build

The Guardian has recently published an article in its Art and Design section, talking about the community self-build movement, the current project underway by RUSS, and the original Segal houses at Walters Way and Segal Close. You can read it here – but whatever you do, don’t read the comments!

If you are interested in the idea of building your own home, you may well have come across the concept of “community self build”. You might also be aware that timber buildings tend to go up faster than the brick and block style of construction that is standard in the UK. What you may…

Self-Build Market Revival From the Architect’s Point of View

The RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) Journal Magazine has some interesting statistics on the ‘revival’ in the UK self-build housing market. It quotes figures from the recently released “Self and Custom Build Market Report 2017” from NACSBA, including the fact that 13,000 self-build projects were completed in the UK in the past financial…

Self-Build Home from Waste Plastic

Scottish recycling expert, Angus Carnie, has built himself a house using entirely recycled or reused materials – everything would have ended up in landfill or in an incinerator. It is built in the style of a traditional Scottish cabin, but the walls are made up of ‘logs’ of shredded plastics that have been compressed together….

Steve Rotheram is the newly elected, first Metro Mayor for Liverpool City, and he has a manifesto for improving the housing situation in the city region. His ideas to deal with what he regards as the poor state of housing in the area include: A “high-level housing summit” to be convened within his first…

Michael Holmes, Chair of NACSBA, has written a piece for www.cabinetmaker.co.uk calling for the Government’s Help to Buy scheme to be extended to include people wanting to self-build.  We quote below from the article. “In response to the Committee’s question on funding, the sector would like to see the extension of the Help to…

West Berkshire Council Gains Approval for 525 New Homes, Including Some Self-Build

West Berkshire Council’s Housing Site Allocations Development Plan Document (HSA DPD) has been given the go ahead by David Hogger, the inspector appointed by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. Amongst the developments that will now be able to go ahead is an area of one hectare at Purley Rise for 35…

Local authorities will now be required to produce and maintain brownfield land registers, which will be available to the public, to help house builders identify suitable brownfield sites for development. They will allow local communities to highlight local derelict or underused building sites that are primed for development. Housing and planning minister Gavin Barwell…

Scandinavian Homes attended a breakfast briefing by the National Custom & Self Build Association at the NEC in Birmingham last week. As Association members, we were interested to hear what they had been up to, and it turns out they’ve been quite busy over the last year! Many with an interest in self-building will…

Building Society Hosts ‘Spring Sale’

Saffron Building Society has announced a ‘Spring Sale’ on its self build mortgages. MortgageStrategy.co.uk quotes Saffron head of mortgage sales Anita Arch as saying: “Spring is traditionally the time when self-build projects get underway and we therefore thought a mortgage sale would be a welcome offer. Our sale means that self-builders can borrow at variable rates…

Nottingham Building Society Launches Self Build Mortgages

Nottingham Building Society has launched two self-build mortgages through new build advice website BuildStore. The first is a 4.39 per cent two-year discounted product, and the second is a 5.19 per cent two-year fixed rate product.   Full details here

Thornbury, Gloucestershire Development Unexpectedly Blocked

A week ago, we reported that a development at Cleve Park in Thornbury, South Gloucestershire, which included 14 self-build plots, was likely to be given the go-ahead on the advice of the planning authorities.  Instead, at a 3 hour long council meeting on 10th March, a motion was proposed to reject the proposals, and passed…

Probable Go Ahead for 14 Self-Build Plots in Thornbury, Gloucestershire

Plans to build up to 350 homes, an elderly care facility and commercial space on a site north of Bristol are set to get the green light from councillors this week (9 March 2017). Welbeck Strategic Land, via Dominic Lawson Bespoke Planning, submitted an application in 2016 to develop a 54-acre site on the…

Glasgow Self-Builders Get More Plot Choice

Glasgow City Council are starting Phase 2 of the Maryhill development that has already provided 6 new self-build plots in the city. Now they are looking to release a further 17 plots for sale. More details about this can be found in this article

More and More Developers Include Self-build Plots in Development Sites

In line with the Government’s Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Regulations 2016, which came into force on 31st October 2016, an increasing number of land developers are including self-build plots for sale as part of a development package. Just in the last week, we’ve spotted self-build plots mentioned in articles on developments in Somerset, Kent…

Teignbridge Council Lead the Way Again for Self-Builders

It really looks like the place to be, if you want to self build, is Teignbridge in Devon. Teignbridge is a Right To Build Vanguard Council, and is now sharing its expert knowledge and experience in this area with other South West councils. The council recently hosted a custom and self-build workshop on behalf…

New Self-Build Site in East Staffordshire

A self-build site with 25 plots has been created in Lynwood Road, Branston. East Staffordshire Borough Council is hosting an information event from 3.30pm to 6pm on Tuesday, January 31 at Branston Golf and Country Club, where visitors can find out more about this opportunity to build their own home in Branston Village and…

Scotland Starts Consultation on Planning

Scottish Ministers believe more review decisions should be made by councils rather than by government, and there are proposals are designed to zone more land for housing, promote self-build homes and give communities more of a say in local planning. Read the full article here

Back in November, the Scandinavian Homes team were at the Homebuilding and Renovating Show in Harrogate, when an older gentleman came to chat with us. He wasn’t in the market for a self-build house, but he was interested in our timber frame homes, as he had lived in a timber frame house as a…

18,000 people sign up to registers to exercise their Right to Build

The National Custom and Self Build Association (NaCSBA) used Freedom of Information requests to England’s 336 councils to establish that 14,300 people signed up to the registers between 1 April and 31 October 2016, in addition to the 3,700 people who had already signed up to the registers for 12 vanguard councils, which have been…

Basingstoke Councillor says 40% affordable housing needed in national pilot

A project at The Spinney, in Aldermaston Road, next to the site of the former Park Prewett Hospital, would comprised of 122 custom-built homes, including self-builds.  44 plots have been allocated for affordable housing in the development, although Rooksdown Ward councillor Simon Bound believes this 36 per cent figure should be increased to 40 per…

Two Sides to Every Story

It’s a well known fact that, after the lengthy process of finding the perfect plot on which to build your dream home, getting planning permission for it is the next big hurdle.  Few developments, even small ones for the solitary self-builder, go through without any objections either from neighbours, local organisations (especially environmental ones…

Farmer Review praises timber frame construction as a means to help solve housing crisis

Commissioned by the Department for Communities and Local Government and Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the Farmer Review of the Construction Labour Model, which calls on the sector to ‘modernise or die’, has made 10 recommendations, one of which encourages large scale use of off-site construction – which is both less labour…

Petersfield in Hampshire joins the ranks of good places to self-build

The Petersfield Society and Petersfield Community Land Trust steering group are holding an open meeting on Monday, November 28, at 7.30pm in the United Reform Church in College Street, to discuss a proposal that will hopefully offer Petersfield residents the chance to self-build their own homes. The Petersfield Plan has allocated two plots of…

New Sources of Supply inquiry says Government must support self build potential

A recent hearing in Parliament called for government to support self, custom build and community builders as a way of unlocking the sector’s massive potential to supply tens of thousands of homes a year. We notice Teignbridge council were involved with this, they really do seem to be a forward thinking bunch who are…

Stoke on Trent City Council To Offer More Self Build Plots

In recent weeks, we have seen more local councils putting forward proposals for developments that will increase the availability of plots for those who want to self build. Stoke on Trent City Council have joined in with a plan to build on the success of their Penkhull Farm development by releasing more council land…

Serviced Plots Legislation

Probably the highest hurdle any self-builder has to jump over is a finding a plot of land to build on.  Here at Scandinavian Homes, we’re often asked if we can help with plot finding, and we do our best, however, legislation that came into force on October 31st (without the slightest spooky occurrence) is…

Good news for Devon self builders

TEIGNBRIDGE Council’s executive committee yesterday unanimously agreed to set up a housing company on a joint venture basis to commit and invest £20million over the next four years to help build 200 homes to increase the availability of affordable and sub market housing across the district. The hope is that the first homes will…

Flexible pensions and homebuying needed for a mobile generation – Financial Times

“Britain has a 20th century personal finance market, but an increasingly 21st century jobs market. This tension lies at the heart of the challenge its policymakers face. The biggest financial decisions most people will ever make — pension saving and home ownership — are still dominated by forms of finance that emerged in the…

Learning from other people’s experiences – our top 5 self-build blogs

One of the things I am learning about self building a house is that it is in itself a learning process. Even people who’ve done it before, or professionals who’ve worked on self builds for years, can run into new challenges. This is why it’s easier and less stressful to go for a package…

Local authorities will be able to give priority to people with a local connection on the custom build register

Housing and regeneration expert Clare Mirfin of law firm Pinsent Masons, said that changes to changes to the 2015 Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding Act (2015 Act), which come into force on 31st October 2016, would effectively enable local authorities apply a ‘local eligibility’ test. You can read the full article here http://www.out-law.com/en/articles/2016/october/regulations-will-prioritise-those-with-local-connection-on-custom-build-register-says-expert/

New Research Paper Says Self-build Could Play a Bigger Role

Specialist Planning Consultancy Three Dragons has published a research paper reviewing the progress made by the 11 local authorities appointed as ‘vanguards’ in 2014 by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).  The report concludes that self-build and custom home building could play a bigger role in fulfilling local housing need, if planning authorities…

The View Through the Triple-Glazed Window

A year ago, I thought a self-build was where you had to order all your materials and roll your sleeves up for the next year or more. Then I met the team from Scandinavian Homes, and a whole new world opened up. I’ve worked for construction-related businesses for large chunks of the last 20…

Looking for Land?

We’ve lost track of how many times we’ve been asked how you go about finding plots for sale and if you are considering your own new build you are probably mouthing the same question.  Well we do our best to help with useful information so here are some pointers. As well as the more…

Right to Build is Almost a Reality

Jason Orme of Homebuilding & Renovating reports that local authorities will soon be required to provide plots for self builders who demand them under a Private Member’s Bill that is progressing into law. The Self Build and Custom Housebuilding Bill passed its second reading in the House of Commons in late October and is…

23/06/2014 Wokingham joins the self build movement

Wokingham council has announced plans to boost housing supply by promoting self build. The proposal is to initially gauge demand for self build by the end of this summer and identify suitable land to meet the expected need.   Read more at https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox/146b9304cdb86296

30/05/2014 One of our Partners is on the BBC

Aritco lifts will be featured on BBC Two as part of a series starting on Monday 2nd of June following the progress of a dream house project. You can find details here http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0467j0x Installing a lift at the design and build stage is a great way to future proof your home and avoids having to move…

Good news for self-builders!

At last there is some great news to boost the self-build sector. On the 23rd of March the following news was released. Measures to save ‘thousands of pounds’ in building costs revealed New measures to save householders thousands of pounds from the cost of building their own home have been announced. Charges would be…

10/12/13 New Custom Build Schemes around the Nation

Seven new custom build schemes are highlighted on the Self-Build Portal which it is claimed could deliver a further 250+ new plots for self-builders. See http://www.selfbuildportal.org.uk/latest-news/257-seven-schemes-250?utm_source=GraphicMail&utm_medium=email&utm_term=NewsletterLink&utm_campaign=NaSBA+News+Alert+20131210&utm_content= for more details. The good news is that momentum really seems to be growing and more and more councils are getting on board to make land available for self builders….

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