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Mitch

Looking to self build via community group bid.

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Hi all

 

I'm fairly new here posting but I've been lurking and genning up on the forums.

 

I'm looking to do a self build, but land prices are bonkers atm, and the land for sale is rarer than rocking horse droppings!

 

So I am thinking of setting up a community self build project in Cheshire (Cheshire Westish area) and I just wanted to gauge interest out there for other wannabe self builders in Cheshire who wanted to do the same and on a budget.

 

Pls feel free to get in touch if you're interested.

 

Thanks for reading

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There was a project in Brighton a few years ago.  They did small timber framed houses proper self build. Sea Saw Way it is now called.  Walter Segal inspired.  Hedgehog Housing Co-op.  Kind of good, kind of soap dodgers.

 

 

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One or two other members have posted something similar in times past. It'd be amazing if something like this ever got off the ground.

 

Something like a mini Graven Hill would be an awesome thing to follow.

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14 hours ago, Mitch said:

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So I am thinking of setting up a community self build project in Cheshire

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This doesn't address your question directly. Have you talked to other self-build communities? On the off-chance you might want to speak to others who already have, you might like to investigate the CoHousing project that's here in Lancaster. They are a very friendly bunch

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With this sort of project, I usually defer to old GK Chesterton.

 

"I’ve searched all the parks in all the cities and found no statues of committees"

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On 30/03/2021 at 11:08, ToughButterCup said:

 

This doesn't address your question directly. Have you talked to other self-build communities? On the off-chance you might want to speak to others who already have, you might like to investigate the CoHousing project that's here in Lancaster. They are a very friendly bunch

Tnx buttercup (funny name btw 😂) I will look into that.

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We’re looking to do a self build in the next couple of years. Based in Altrincham but looking outwards to Cheshire and you’re right plot prices are making us wonder if it’s even feasible! I think this would be a great idea. A mini Graven Hill...perhaps a bit more space between the houses though 😂

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16 hours ago, VicRal said:

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you’re right plot prices are making us wonder if it’s even feasible! 

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Persistence.

The Lancaster Co-Housing project took years to get off the ground. They  provide a really useful  and detailed timeline of how the project developed - somebody has put a good deal of effort into producing this resource. Just in case the page linked to  doesn't load, here's the source page

 

The key issue is finding like-minded people with whom to work. The unifying idea is ecology, and is explained here. Just  a bit of luck helps.

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On 30/03/2021 at 09:06, jack said:

One or two other members have posted something similar in times past. It'd be amazing if something like this ever got off the ground.

 

Something like a mini Graven Hill would be an awesome thing to follow.

The problem with Graven Hill is that a plot for a 3 bed house is £185K with a plot size of 217 m2 and you have to use their contactors to build the foundations.

 

 

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Hmm...Perhaps not a mini Graven Hill then, but perhaps simply a few likeminded folks joining together to buy a bigger parcel and splitting it up. 

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