Right to Build Task Force: How can Custom and Self Build housing be effectively delivered? – London

Event details

London office

Thursday 10 October 2019

12:15pm - 16:30pm

Register here


On the 15 October the Right to Build Task Force, in association with Trowers & Hamlins, is running a Custom and Self Build training event offering best practice and advice on the practical delivery of owner-commissioned homes.

The training is timely as the 30 October 2019 marks the first complete three-year base period for the Right to Build legislation, as set out in the Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015, which came into effect in April 2016. This is the date when all English local authorities need to demonstrate that they have permissioned sufficient plots to reflect the demand evidenced on their self and custom build registers.

Self and custom build can help contribute to this target by creating valuable additional homes that diversify housing supply, but the lack of understanding in local authority planning and housing teams is one of the limiters to its growth.

A government-endorsed initiative of NaCSBA, the Right to Build Task Force acts as a consultancy, supporting local authorities and a range of building professionals to help them realise custom and self build, by sharing best practice, models and case studies. In less than three years of operation its support and advice has lead to an additional 9,000 homes being planned, to be delivered through custom and self build.

The Enabling Custom and Self Build training takes place on 15 October in London, with an emphasis on sharing best practice on the practical delivery of owner-commissioned homes. The training focuses on the fulfilment of the duties imposed by Right to Build legislation, helping local authorities, and more, realise the potential that this innovative sector has to diversify local housing supply and meet local demand.

While the sector is growing fast, a lack of understanding around the models and processes can limit progress, and this training will support councils, and explain the primary legislation, government planning policy and related guidance, enabling authorities to move forwards with a suite of approaches to practical delivery.

Attendees will discover:

  • Key elements of the Right to Build legislation, including how local authorities are applying it and the scope of their duties and powers;
  • Emerging best practice;
  • The context of the revised National Planning Policy Framework;
  • How the sector can work in conjunction with affordable housing;
  • Models to robustly assess of Self and Custom Build demand to inform local plan policies and support project delivery;
  • The role of Design Codes, Plot Passports and Local Development Orders in facilitating Custom and Self Build on larger sites; and,
  • The effective use of planning obligations and conditions to secure the timely delivery of Self Build and Custom house building on sites.


Early bird (until 15 August) £150 + VAT per person, discounted to £125 + VAT per person for National Custom and Self Build Association members. Further details can be found here.

After the 15 August cost is £299 + VAT per person, discounted to £249 + VAT per person for National Custom and Self Build Association members.

CPD - RTPI members the training can contribute to your CPD requirements.

The Right to Build Task Force is a NaCSBA initiative set up with the help of the Government and the Nationwide Foundation to support the delivery of significantly more affordable Custom and Self Build housing projects across the UK.


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