Mario Wolf has been announced as the founding director of NaCSBA’s Right To Build Task Force. Wolf officially joins the Task Force on secondment from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).
Recently, Wolf was the lead on the Government’s Starter Homes policy for the DCLG, and was instrumental in the implementation of the Government’s custom and self-build homes programme, which ultimately led to the introduction of the Right to Build.
In 2015 he was seconded to help NaCSBA to lead the research and development that led to the implementation of the Custom and Self-build Toolkit for housing in the UK. This has since been rebranded as the Right To Build Toolkit.
“I’m delighted to be joining the Right to Build Task Force as its founding Director,” said Wolf.
“As recognised in the Government’s Housing White Paper, the Task Force will play an important role in supporting the delivery of significantly more affordable custom and self build homes.
“I also relish the opportunity to work across the UK to help boost this important sector and promote the diversification of our housing market.”
The Task Force was launched in February 2017 with the aim of helping at least 80 local authorities, community groups and other organisations across the UK to deliver significantly more affordable custom and self build housing projects.
In addition, Joanne Ellingham, a senior planning consultant at HTA Design LLP, has been announced as the first expert to join the Task Force. She brings experience of securing planning permission in Surrey on a nearly 1,000-home development, as well as having been a planning officer at Broadland Council, Norfolk.
Richard Bacon MP, who initiated the Right to Build legislation and is Ambassador of the Task Force, said: “Custom and self-build housing will only become mainstream if local authorities and other organisations truly harness the Right to Build. I’m delighted to see the Task Force taking big steps forward to give advice so soon.”
It’s fantastic to see someone as passionate and driven as Wolf taking the helm of the Right To Build Task Force. The Task Force will be instrumental in custom build becoming a new and exciting force in the UK housing market, driven by the return of local authorities to house building. It will also help shape up what affordability can, and should, look like in the UK’s custom homes sector.