24 Apr 2018

National Custom and Self Build Week, 7-13 May 2018

National Custom and Self Build Week, 7-13 May 2018

The National Custom and Self Build Association (NaCSBA) has announced that National Custom and Self Build Week will run from 7-13 May this year, with events promoting Custom and Self Build as a route to home ownership.

National Custom and Self Build Week is an opportunity for people to find out more about pursuing their ambition of building a home that reflects their needs and choices through working with a Custom Build developer or local housebuilder, or by managing a Self Build project.

This educational message aims to help more people understand the many ways it is now possible to get a new home built. This includes the spectrum that Custom Build operates on, regardless of whether they’re going it alone or working together with members of the local community.

As well as a much-needed opportunity to educate and inspire, the week is a chance to share the message that anyone considering a bespoke build should start by signing up to their local Right to Build registers, via the Right to Build Portal

And they should be doing this as early as possible, as councils have three years to permission sufficient serviced plots for those on their Right to Build registers from the point of signing up.

By the end of the first full-year base period, NaCSBA’s research revealed that 33,000 individuals had signed up to express their interest in buying a plot.

The Right to Build Portal is a free site that links people to their local registers, which is crucial to support councils as they work to provision sufficient plots for building.

NaCSBA is keen to encourage all companies operating in the Custom and Self Build sector to host a link to the Right to Build Portal, with a brief explanation of the registers and the importance of prospective builders signing up.

National Custom and Self Build Week Activities

For consumers

5-13 May – Grand Designs Live The multi-award-winning home event that celebrates Self Build and renovation for all budgets. From one-to-one free expert advice to inspiring talks from industry professionals.

11-13 May – The National Self Build & Renovation Show The National Self Build and Renovation Centre hosts three days of talks, tours and one-to-one opportunities at the UK’s award-winning centre for Self Building.

12 May – Plot Shop, Graven Hill A preview of Graven Hill’s new Tailored Finished detached homes, offering customers a range of unique customisable houses at the country’s largest and most exciting Custom and Self-Build site, including minibus site visits (must be booked in advance through Eventbrite).

For professionals and community groups

10 May – Right to Build Expo, London: Unlocking the Potential of Custom and Self Build Housing A packed day of presentations and discussions led by the Right to Build Task Force, NaCSBA and Wood for Good, in partnership, held at Grand Designs Live. The Expo supports local authorities, planners, financiers, developers, landowners and community-groups as they work to bring on tailored homes, showcasing case studies and best practice. Tickets available at Eventbrite.

11 May, 17:30-19.30 – Book Launch Self Build Homes: Social Discourse, Experiences and Directions UCL Bartlett School of Architecture Hosted by Michaela Benson and Iqbal Hamiduddin with an overview of the book, case study presentations and networking. Tickets available at Eventbrite.

More events to be confirmed – visit the Self Build Portal.

Michael Holmes, NaCSBA’s Chair, said: “NaCSBA believes that people commissioning or building their own home will play an increasingly important role in delivering the Government’s objective to build 300,000 new homes per year.

“Custom, Self Build and community-led housing will transform how housing is delivered in the UK. Signing up to the Right to Build through the Right to Build Portal is the starting point in a journey that will give homebuyers a choice of serviced plot and the freedom to design the home they want to live in, which National Custom and Self Build Week will support.

“So far 33,000 have signed up to the Right to Build registers to start this process (as of 31 October 2017*), and NaCSBA is committed to growing this number significantly, as it holds the key to more plots and sites coming to market.”

If you want to host your own event as part of Self Build Week, whether it be a seminar, open day or meet-up, get in touch with NaCSBA at media@nacsba.org.uk for the logo, and to pass on details of your event for it to share with its Self Build Portal users.

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Editor’s comment

Promotion of the Right to Build should be a core strategy in the marketing mix of every developer, contractor or anyone working in the Custom and Self Build sector. It’s a route to leads that will become customers, and every conversation with a prospective client, as well as every website, should explain what it is and what it can deliver. It’s a route to business for us, and needs to grow.

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