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Mike Dade is a land and planning specialist. He is a contributing editor of Build It, a plot hunting expert and author of several books on planning and plot issues. He is one half of Speer Dade consultants (


Rachel Pyne is director of financial services at BuildStore ( She has worked in self build finance for over 10 years and deals with a diverse portfolio of lenders across the whole market as well as on exclusive self build and renovation mortgage products


Nigel Griffiths is director of the Sustainable Traditional Buildings Alliance ( and a consultant working mainly on energy efficiency policy and evaluation. He is the author of the Haynes Eco House Manual.


Angela Doran is NaCSBA’s self build representative for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, brought in by Glasgow City Council to coordinate a pioneering new self build project in Maryhill. She works to promote alternative, community and individually led housing in Scotland.


Tim Doherty was the founding MD of the National Self Build & Renovation Centre and a founding member of NaCSBA. He runs Dobanti Property Consultants (, a specialist surveying & building consultancy for the residential and commercial sectors, including project management and custom build solutions.


Mike Hardwick is a self build consultant, project management specialist and NaCSBA’s general manager. He has first hand experience of the processes involved in building bespoke homes.


Opinder Liddar is a director at Lapd Architects ( The practice specialises in residential projects from extensions to new builds, making him the ideal person to answer all your home design questions.

Can I build a home on a plot of green belt land?

10 years ago, my parents replaced an old cottage in a green belt area with a small modern new build. They were told at the time that they had used up all permitted development rights on the land. Since then planning laws have changed and the vacant plot next door, of a similar size, has been granted consent for two detached four-bedroom houses.

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September 2019

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