City Council hosts Self-build seminar

Building a cost-effective and affordable home of your own in a location of your choice is top of the agenda at Newcastle City Council's first self-build seminar.
Residents, community groups and small developers interested learning more about the process will attend a free workshop on Saturday 17 November at Newcastle Civic Centre from 10am to 3pm.
Guest speakers will include Shelia Spencer from the Ouseburn Development Trust, which is working with residents to deliver self build work/live units in the Ouseburn Valley.
The City Council's Fairer Housing Unit is exploring options for using an element of the Council's £25m Future Homes Fund to assist the delivery of self build and co-operative housing across the city and would ideally like to see developments start in 2014.
The workshop, the first of its kind staged by Newcastle City Council, aims to
ÔÇó Understand the level of interest in self build & co-operative housing across the city
ÔÇó Try to answer a few questions people may have about self build
ÔÇó To listen to the experience of others who are developing projects and are part of co-operatives
ÔÇó To understand the barriers to self build  - perceived and real
ÔÇó To manage expectations of self build and the process
ÔÇó To provide people with the opportunity to meet like minded people and start to develop a network of common interest.
Self-build may be the most effective way of providing a home which matches people's specific personal needs at a cost that can be substantially below market rate.
It is also provides the choice not available through a new home from a large developer, including plot layout, elevations, number and size of rooms and level of insulation and energy efficiency.
Councillor Michael Burke, deputy cabinet member for housing at Newcastle City Council, said: "Self-build is a really exciting concept and I'm looking forward to being present at the council's first ever self-build workshop this Saturday.
"The event will provide a great opportunity for the challenges surrounding self-build to be debated.   I am confident that in the future self-build projects will play an important role in expanding the level of housing choice in the city."
Peter Kay of the Ouseburn Trust, said: "A small group of local self builders have agreed to work with the Trust to explore the potential for building around six live/ work units on the Trust's Canvas Works site at Lime St.
"It is envisaged that a shell scheme will be completed that allows participants to self finish to their own standard. This will minimise the cost of development for individuals and maximise the use of the site. 

"The Trust's role is to act as a facilitator, supporter and enabler, unlocking the undoubted potential of this development. It will turn a complex but fascinating brownfield site into a genuine community asset."

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