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2013
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Leeds hosts first self-build event


Leeds City Council is hosting a self-build event as part of a drive to bring more new homes to the city.



To meet the needs of the city’s growing population, the council is exploring a number of ways of making sure new homes are built in the city, and self-build is one of these avenues.





The free, half day event will be held on Saturday 11 May in the city centre, and will look to identify demand for self-build, either from individuals or groups, provide advice and support to potential self-builders and provide networking opportunities.





The event will bring together speakers from the world of self-build and information from The National Self Build Association and the Homes and Communities Agency.



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


 


“Self-build has long been recognised both nationally and locally as a means for delivering good quality homes. It can help individuals and groups to meet their home ownership aspirations as well as helping local authorities to meet housing targets.

“The council is keen to see more self-build homes in Leeds and wants to understand how it can support individuals and groups.



“We are especially interested to hear about any creative and innovative design solutions that will deliver new quality homes which are sustainable, efficient to heat and maintain and can complement existing communities.”



Self-build projects have taken place previously in Leeds, but the council is keen to encourage this on a larger scale, and is keen to explore the ways in which support can be given to local people wanting to achieve a home of their own design in the location they want.





To register your interest in the event or for more information email www.leeds.gov.uk/buildingyourownhome






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For media enquiries, please contact;

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

Email: Catherine.milburn@leeds.gov.uk