Speakers sought for self-build homes event

Lancaster City Council is appealing for people involved in the world of self and custom-build homes to come forward and share their experiences at an event to be held this spring.

The city council is organising an event to provide anyone who is interested in building or designing their own homes with the opportunity to speak to industry experts and other self-builders.

It is now appealing for speakers to come forward to take part in the event, including a self-builder to provide an overview of their experience and an architect who has designed houses and supported self-builders through the process. 

Exhibitors wanted for the event include architects and builders who provide services to self-builders, banks and building societies who provide self-build mortgages, builders merchants, providers of timber frame or kit houses, insulation, windows and other building products. 

Landowners who potentially have plots with planning permission for sale to self-builders are also being sought.

Coun Janice Hanson, Cabinet member with responsibility for regeneration and planning, said: “With house prices increasing all the time, building or designing your own home is becoming an increasingly attractive option for many first time buyers or those looking to move up the housing ladder”. 

“Taking on such a project can be a daunting prospect, so we hope that by organising this event we’ll be able to provide people with the information and confidence they need to grasp the nettle.”

If you are interested in attending the event as a prospective self-builder, would like to speak or exhibit or have a plot for sale, email planningpolicy@lancaster.gov.uk with your contact details.

Anyone who is looking to build or design their own home is also being encouraged to join the Lancaster City Council self-build and custom-build register. 

Details on how to register, along with a planning advice note on self-build and custom-build properties, can be found on our city  website.

Last updated: 17 January 2019