National Custom and Self-Build Week 2018

by Shona Jackson
24th April 2018

National Custom and Self-Build Week 2018 will take place between the 7th-13th May and will include a series of events to help you discover the right route to your dream home.

Hosted by the National Custom and Self-Build Association (NaCSBA), it’s a chance for aspiring homebuilders to learn more about creating a bespoke dwelling designed around their lifestyle needs. Options could include working with a custom build developer or local housebuilder, or managing a self-build project yourself or as part of a community group.

If you’re searching for a plot for your project, it’s also a great opportunity to sign up to your local Right to Build register via the Right to Build Portal.

Every council in England is required to keep a list of individuals and groups who want to build their own home. A duty is then placed on local authorities to meet this demand within three years of sign up.

Read more: Your Complete Guide to Right to Build

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.

“NaCSBA is committed to growing the number of people signed up to the registers significantly, as it holds the key to more plots and sites coming to market.

National Custom and Self-Build Week Activities:

5th-13th May – Grand Designs Live

11th-13th 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.

12th May – Plot Shop, Graven Hill

A preview of Graven Hill’s new 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).

Plus, for professionals and community groups:

10th 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. The day will support local authorities, planners, financiers, developers, landowners and community-groups as they work to bring on tailored homes, showcasing case studies and best practice. More details available here.

More events to be confirmed – visit the Self-Build Portal for more information.

Top image: After 10 years of failed planning applications to remodel their old cottage, John and Sue Lawson decided to start from scratch and create their ideal oak frame home. Read the full story

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