Starting a Community Self Build on Our Land

21 August 2018
by amy hopkins

We have an acre of land with no planning permission on and its current use is classed as agricultural land. However, it's on a residential road with over 100 houses.

We have recently been to a meeting regarding community self builds, which was hosted by Action Hampshire. We have met a few people interested in the idea of us splitting our acre of land into plots should we be able to get planning for such a scheme.

Sadly Action Hampshire haven't been the best at getting back to us about what happens next, so I am really looking for advice about this. Also, perhaps you can point us in the right direction of any other companies that assist with the planning and building of community self builds.

Any advice or information would be greatly appreciated.

Many Thanks


One Answer

  1. Sofia Delgado says:

    Hi Amy,

    This sounds like an exciting idea, and it’s great that you’ve met potential self builders interested in the scheme.

    Below are some links to a few articles on our website that may offer some guidance for you:

    NaCSBA’s general manager and Build It expert Mike Hardwick has written about running a community self build.

    We have interviewed The Rural Urban Synthesis Society’s trustee Ted Stevens, from Lewisham’s community self build, who shared his advice on signing up to the right to build register as a group and proactively approaching the council.

    This case study about a community custom build in Edinburgh also shines a light of the process.

    The team at Kin Architects is involved with community self builds, so you could get in touch with them to discuss your ideas and ask whether they can help with your project.

    You can also explore our Company Directory to find architects and designers.

    You can find further info and case studies about community self builds at The Self Build Portal.

    Hope this helps,

    Sofia Delgado, assistant editor

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