22 May 2018

Custom and Self Build Expo, Glasgow shares Scottish custom build initiatives

Custom and Self Build Expo, Glasgow shares Scottish custom build initiatives

The Custom and Self Build Expo Glasgow: Unlocking the potential of Custom and Self-Build will take place on 20 June at The Lighthouse, bringing together leading influencers in the custom build and community-led housing sector in Scotland.

Hosted by a partnership of the Right-to-Build Task Force, NaCSBA and Wood for Good, the Expo is an opportunity to get an overview of the situation in Scotland, which does not have an equivalent to England’s Right to Build legislation or registers. Consequently, its approach is different, involving a range of pilot schemes and funds to test the models.

The Right to Build Task Force’s has a remit to support Custom and community-led housing across the UK, so as well as an opportunity to share its latest work, the Glasgow Expo represents an opportunity to network and build new Scottish work opportunities.

Previous expos have seen a wide range of planners, housing teams, developer, landowners, community groups, financiers and more come together to further their knowledge.


Michael Holmes, NaCSBA chair (and on behalf of Wood for Good)
Patrick Flynn, Head of Housing and Regeneration, Glasgow City Council

Session 1: Supporting Custom and Self Build housing in Scotland

Mario Wolf, Task Force Director – The Right to Build Task Force: Supporting Custom & Self Build delivery in the UK and models for delivery
Gary Watt, Development Director Igloo Regeneration & Angela Doran, Self Build Co-ordinator, Glasgow City Council – The Custom and Self Build scene in Glasgow
Matt Bridgestock, John Gilbert Architects – Learning from Balmaha and Dumfries and Galloway SPZ (Special Planning Zone)

Discussion with the audience on opportunities to support Custom and Self-build housing in Scotland

Session 2: Why support Custom and Self Build housing

Scaling up Custom and Self Build provision through Scottish Government initiatives

Session 3: Facilitating the release of building plots and mortgage availability

Working with enablers – discussion with local authorities enabling self build – Glasgow City Council (Angela Doran), North Ayrshire (tbc), Mike Staples – Dumfries & Galloway Small Communities Housing Trust and Frazer McLachlan – Econekt
Highlands Small Communities Housing Trust and funding support for self build projects in Scotland – an interview with Ronnie MacRae, Chief Executive Officer, The Highlands Small Communities Housing Trust
Mortgage availability – Rachel Pyne, Director, BuildStore.



Session 1: Co-Housing and Collective Self Build – discussion/interview

14:30 The growing movement of co-housing and benefits of collective self build – Akiko Kobayashi and Petra Biberbach with contributions from Edinburgh student housing Coop and Ploughshare.

Session 2/3: Delivery Masterclasses

• Assessing demand for Custom and Self Build housing, Mario Wolf
• Mortgage and finance availability, Raymond Connor, BuildStore
• How to facilitate building plots – (facilitator TBC)
• Planning for Custom and Self Build housing, Petra Biberbach, Chief Executive, Planning Aid Scotland
• Facilitating Co-Housing projects, Akiko Kobayashi and Steven Tolson, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Scotland)
• A collective self build case study – John Kinsley and Malcolm Fraser

Session 4: Kick-Starting your Right to Build project

Take-away messages and first-steps

The event is at The Lighthouse, Glasgow. Tickets are available from Eventbrite and cost £40, or £20 for local authories.  Wood for Good supporters, current NaCSBA members (but not Self Build Portal users) and registered/established community groups qualify for free entry.

Click here to find out more about the Task Force’s work or here for some of the learnings and challenges from the Task Force’s first year in operation.

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