First ever self-build event to be held in Leeds next week

An event to bring together individuals and groups interested in building their own homes will be taking place in Leeds next week.

The event organised by Leeds City Council will take place at Civic Hall on Saturday 11 May at 9am - 1pm.

Speakers from the National Self Build Association (NaSBA) and the Homes and Communities Agency will be at the event alongside a number of other agencies that can assist and give advice about how to start building your own house.

To book a place at the event visit http://www.leeds.gov.uk/residents/Pages/Building-your-own-home.aspx

Councillor Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for development and the economy said:

“We have already had a number of groups and individuals come forward to say they are interested in self-build and would like to know more about what is happening across the city.

“This event will provide a good platform for people to talk to specialists in the field of self-build and also discuss and share ideas, and possibly even form groups of potential firs time builders.

“We have an ambitious housing target in Leeds so are exploring a wide variety of options of how we can bring new homes to the city and this is one interesting avenue we are looking at.”

Ted Stevens, chair of NaSBA said:

“There are six million people in the UK looking into building a home for themselves, so that suggests there are well over half a million keen on the idea in the Yorkshire area. Most self builders are driven by two things – creating a more affordable/cost effective home for themselves, and a desire to have a home custom designed to exactly meet their needs.”

“Leeds is to be congratulated for setting up this event, and the city is already being seen as one of the pace setters when it comes to encouraging more self build homes. The event forms one of the key activities taking place during National Self Build Week – full details of which are available from the NaSBA website”


For media enquiries, please contact;

Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450

Email: Catherine.milburn@leeds.gov.uk