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Building your own home

What is self build?

Self build is when you design, plan and build your own home. There are a number of ways you can do it. The level of involvement you have in building your home can vary depending on which way you choose. Some people will do the building work and labouring themselves, some will hire a contractor to do it for them. Self builders may be individuals or part of a group.

What are the key things to think about? 

If you are interested in building your own home you will need to consider carefully:

  • How long it will take
  • Your budget
  • Whether land is available in the area you want to build
  • What professional help you need and where to find it

How can I find out more about self-build?

There are a number of agencies who may be able to assist if you are thinking of building your own home as an individual or as part of a group. Links to some of their websites are included on this page.  

Leeds City Council self build event

The Council hosted the cities first self-build event on 11 May 2013. 57 people attended the event. They included professionals and individuals with a personal interest. The attendees told us that they see the Council's role as a provider of support in terms of advice

  • Networking
  • Land release.
 
Issues ithat attendees identified included
  • Land availability,
  • Securing statutory approvals,
  • Networking and learning from others
  • Building on the momentum of the work already undertaken in this field.

You can download a copy of the feedback from this page.

 

New sites available

Leeds City Council is currently marketing four sites suitable for self-build developments. Please see the External links section and click Leeds City Council property pages to access full marketing particulars and details of the sites as well as who to contact for further information.

The sites are:

  • Half Mile Green, Stanningley, LS28 6HS (0.067ha/0.17ac)
  • Wellington Grove, Bramley, LS13 2LG (0.075ha/0.18ac)
  • St Catherine's Crescent, Bramley, LS13 2JU (0.11ha/0.27ac)
  • Manor Crescent, Rothwell, (0.09ha/0.23ac)