31 Jan 2018

Right To Build Task Force’s South West Expo to share custom and self-build expertise

Right To Build Task Force’s South West Expo to share custom and self-build expertise

The Right To Build Task Force’s South West Expo will bring its expertise and advice to Clyst St Mary, Exeter on 8 March. Taking place at the Westpoint Centre, the day will showcase the Task Force’s work and share best practice for a host of custom build professionals, including local authorities, developers, landowners and community-led groups.

This will be third in the Right To Build Task Force’s series of regional expos, aimed at supporting local authorities, and more, as they work to bring on custom and self-build homes locally.

Custom Build Strategy was at the first two expos, which offered invaluable insight into the local picture for custom and self-build. The expos are a great tool for supporting councils as they work to provision sufficient serviced plots to meet the demand on their local Right To Build register.

NaCSBA recently reported that 33,000 people have now signed up to the registers country-wide, and the deadline for permissioning plots for the first 18,000 signatories is October 2019.

Expert advice

The Right To Build Expo South West will include presentations, Q&As and masterclasses that drill down into politics, planning, practice and delivery.

The expo is an opportunity for those active in delivering custom and self-build housing to link up with those that still need to get there – sharing learnings which mitigates costly and time-consuming delays.

Speakers on the day include Cllr Jeremy Christophers, Leader of Teignbridge District Council; Michael Holmes, Chair, NaCSBA, Richard Bacon MP and Mario Wolf, Director, Right To Build Task Force, with more speakers to come.

To date the Right To Build Task Force has had success with Garden Communities, case studies which will be shared on the day, among others.


  • finance provision,
  • implementing the Right To Build,
  • facilitating building plots, and
  • incorporating custom and self-build housing into a Neighbourhood Plan.

One previous local authority Expo delegate commented that the event was, “Excellent – informative and inspirational.”

Although focused on the industry, the day is open to everyone, and the Task Force encourages community-led and cohousing groups to attend.

The event is at Westpoint Centre, Exeter, 8 March 2018. Tickets are available from Eventbrite and cost £25, or are free for local authorities, Wood for Good supporters and NaCSBA members (but not Self Build Portal users).

For more about the Task Force visit the Right To Build Toolkit, or click here to find out more about the Task Force’s work, and how to engage with it.

Find out more about Teignbridge’s innovative take on custom and self-build here.

The Right To Build Task Force is a NaCSBA initiative, supported by Wood for Good, with the South West Expo supported by SelfBuild & Design and Potton.

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