Build your own dream home in Shropshire

Published April 7th, 2015

Building your own home may sound like the stuff of dreams but for some people self building is an affordable way to get the property they need for their family.

Self building enables you to design an individual home incorporating the latest eco friendly technology and with the recent relaxing of planning rules more sites are becoming available for small residential projects.

“The government is keen to encourage self building and has geared recent legislation and taxation in favour of smaller development sites suitable for single properties,” said chartered surveyor Charlotte Rogerson of Berrys in Shropshire.

“We have a number of self build sites on our books at the moment and we can advise potential self builders what to look out for when buying a plot.”

For example Back Lane, Pontesford near Shrewsbury, would be a perfect project for a self builder.

The self build plot at Pontesford, near Shrewsbury

The self build plot at Pontesford, near Shrewsbury

The 0.17 acre site sits in a picturesque, rural location down a quiet lane and is on the market with Berrys with outline planning permission for one dwelling.

Alternatively, Weston Common, north of Weston Lullingfields is on the market with outline planning permission for one dwelling. This plot is 0.25 acres set in open countryside.

Charlotte said potential purchasers should not be afraid of self building: “You don’t have to do it yourself, brick by brick, as there are plenty of specialists to do that, but you do need to do things in the right order to get the finished product you want,” she said.

Charlotte’s tips for a successful self build include:

1 Choose your location and select the best possible site with planning permission and know how much you should be paying (according to the current property market). Check for covenants that may prevent development.

2 There is an Affordable Housing Commitment in Shropshire – consider how much will this add to your costs

3 Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL): self builders are exempt but you have to apply for the self build exemption

4 Have detailed designs professionally drawn to suit your needs and budget.

5 Finance: Self build mortgages are available that will release funds in stages. Shop around for the best deal. You will have to provide all the planning permission and design details.

“As well as potentially saving you money and enabling you to live where you want to live, self building allows you to design a property to meet your family and lifestyle requirement for now and the future,” Charlotte said.

Other advantages of self building include:

1  High quality building materials can be used

2  The latest eco technology for energy efficiency can be incorporated to benefit from  government green energy grants.

3  You can protect against negative equity – the value of the property will be more than the cost of the plot

4 Stamp Duty is paid only on the value of the plot

5 No Capital Gains Tax liability on selling the property if it has been your main home

“There has been an upsurge in the number of building plots coming to the market so now could be the ideal time to realise the dream of building your own home,” she added.

For more information contact Charlotte Rogerson at Berrys on 01743 290642 or email


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More about Charlotte Rogerson

Chartered Surveyor
Tel: 01743 290642
Mobile: 07741 311587

Charlotte joined the Shrewsbury office in September 2014. From a farming background, Charlotte completed a BSc (Hons) degree in Rural Enterprise and Land Management at Harper Adams University College and qualified as a Rural Chartered Surveyor after obtaining relevant experience at Buccleuch Estates, Queensberry.

 Charlotte specialises in freehold property agency and acquisition (residential development land and farmland), valuations (for secured lending, inheritance tax, capital gains tax and for private clients), estate and property management, landlord and tenant matters under Housing Act 1988, Agricultural Holdings Act 1986 and Agricultural Tenancies Act 1995, Basic Payment Scheme and compensation work.