South Glos: Self-Build Housing Survey

23 July 2014, 12:01 | Updated: 23 July 2014, 12:03

Many of us dream of building our own home from the ground up - and now a West Country Council wants to know how many of us plan to do exactly that.

An online survey has been released by South Gloucestershire Council, so that the local authority can find out how many people are interested in creating their own grand design, or humble abode. 

The Council says information from responses will help them to gauge how much demand there is for self-build housing in the area, which will in turn, govern how planning policies are developed. 

The survey asks 12 questions, such as why people might be interested in building their own home, where they are thinking of building, and how difficult the process has been. 

Heart has tried out the questionnaire, so even if you have a casual interest in self-building, you won't have to answer all the questions. 

The Council says that self-build housing is where somebody is involved in some way in the production of their new home, rather than buying from a speculative home builder. 

Your involvement could be as simple as buying some land, and getting a builder to carry out the job, to designing the property and managing the project, or doing it all. 

Sometimes, groups of people get together to create a new community or they are put together by an organisation. 

To fill out the self-build survey, click the link above right.