Right to Build Expo, Eastern Region, Thurs 4 Oct 2018 (Cambridge)

The next in the series of custom and self-build information events, a specially produced and curated programme for this region’s perspectives of custom and self-build housing.


South Cambridgeshire Hall, Cambourne Business Park, Cambourne, Cambridge CB23 6EA


(provisional – details may change)

PART 1: THE POTENTIAL OF CUSTOM AND SELF BUILD HOUSING 0900 | Registration, coffee & networking Welcome & opening address 0915 |  Welcome by Michael Holmes, chair, on behalf of NaCSBA & Wood for Good. 0945 | Welcome by Cllr. Bridget Smith, Leader, South Cambridgeshire District Council Session 1: Supporting Custom and Self Build housing in South Cambs and the wider region   0950 | Keynote address by Nicholas Boys Smith, Managing Director, Create Streets 1005 | Why support Custom and Self Build housing by Richard Bacon MP, Task Force Ambassador and Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Self-Build, Custom and Community Housebuilding and Place-Making 1020 | Overview of the Custom and Self Build housing sector, Michael Holmes, Chair NaCSBA 1035 | The Right to Build Task Force and the technical models for delivery: Supporting Custom and Self Build delivery in the UK, Mario Wolf, Task Force Director, including interview with Adam Broadway, Managing Director, Instinctively Green and Right to Build Task Force Expert on the K1 Co-housing project Cambridge 1105 | Q&A 1115 | Coffee break & networking in the exhibition 1145 | Unlocking opportunities across South Cambridgeshire, Laurence Castle, Custom & Self Build REgional Manager and Gill Anderton, Head of Development (New Build), and interview with Neil Smith, Chief Executive, Net Zero Buildings 1215 | Panel discussion on opportunities across South Cambridgeshire and benefits of community-led housing development with contributions from Nicholas Boys Smith, Barry Wood, Deputy Task Force Ambassador and Leader of Cherwell District Council and Adam Broadway, with questions from the floor Session 2: Facilitating delivery through the planning system and mortgage availability 1230 | Planning for Custom and Self Build housing and local authorities in action, Sally Tagg, Foxley Tagg Planning. 1250 | Mortgage availability, Tom McSherry, National Relationship Manager, BuildStore 1320 | Q&A 1330 | Networking lunch / market forum in the exhibition space PART 2: DELIVERING CUSTOM AND SELF BUILD HOUSING 1430 | Welcome by Michael Holmes, Chair (on behalf of NaCSBA & Wood for Good) 1435 | Creating and bringing forward Custom and Self Build developments. Two interviews: Mark Stevenson, Potton and Tom Connor, Custom Build Homes. Session 2: Mastering delivery 1500 | Masterclasses
  • Legislation guidance and good practice with the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
  • Mortgage and finance availability with BuildStore
  • Planning for Custom and Self Build housing with Foxley Tagg Planning
  • Facilitating neighbourhood planning and community-led projects with Enhabit and The Right to Build Task Force
  • The importance of assessing demand with Three Dragons
1530 | Coffee break & networking in the exhibition Session 3: Masterclasses re-run 1600 | For selection of masterclasses see above Exclusive session for local SME builders and developers 1600 | Workshop with SMEs to explore opportunities across South Cambridge, facilitated by Mark Stevenson, Potton, and Laurence Castle and Gill Anderton, South Cambridgeshire District Council Session 4: Kick-Starting your Right to Build project 1630 | Take-away messages and first-steps, Michael Holmes, Chair 1645 | Close
Site visit! Visit to Marmalade Lane Co-housing project in Cambridge, led by Adam Broadway - AND - to Net Zero's semi-detached homes and manufacturing facility at Six Mile Bottom, led by Neil Smith, CEO Net Zero Buildings. (Visits are by invitation only due to limitation on numbers).

Sponsors of Cambridge Expo


Who should attend

Local authorities, planners, community housing groups, self-builders & individuals, landowners, developers, architects.

Benefits of attending

  • Kick-start your own custom and self-build success story.
  • Network and share your experiences so far.
  • Learn about the Right-to-Build Task Force and what it can do for you.
  • Discover how pioneering councils, experienced developers and landowners are capitalising on custom and self-build opportunities.
  • Get expert, one-to-one help and advice.

The Right to Build Expo will galvanize you and your team with in-depth access to success stories and ‘how-to’s from other regions. Get directly connected to expert support from the Task Force and understand how to maximize the full potential of the custom and self-build opportunities.


How do I book onto masterclasses and workshops?

Delegates can select their preferred options when registering for tickets on Eventbrite. Your confirmation will detail which options you made.

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Full details of how to reach the venue by car and public transport are here:


Staying in touch with you

By registering for this event, you understand that Right to Build Taskforce and Expo partners (NaCSBA) can continue to contact you about the Expos and that you can unsubscribe from their email list at any time.

Talks & presentations from this and recent Expos

These will be posted up soon after the event. For interest, here are presentations from our most recent Expo held in Glasgow: The morning sessions (Glasgow) (PDF)


These are largely discussion based, but you will be able to view/download some materials here after events (meanwhile, here are some materials from our recent Glasgow Expo):
  1. Masterclass: Assessing Demand (PDF), Mario Wolf, Right to Build Taskforce
  2. Masterclass: Facilitating co-housing projects, Akiko Kobayashi & Steven Tolson
  3. MasterclassBath Street Collective Custom Build – and how to build a Scotland-wide model (PDF), John Kinsley Architects

Who attended on the day?

A delegate list will be posted up soon after the event (names, organisations only)

“Excellent event, inspiring speakers and discussions” – urban designer, recent Expo delegate

Photos from the June Expo in Glasgow – great engagement for this ‘first’ in Scotland

Full house
Angela Doran, Glasgow CC
Matt Bridgestock
Masterclass options
Mario Wolf

About the Right to Build Expos

These events are produced and curated specifically for each region’s custom and self-build and related communities. The Expos match up custom and self-build ambitions with services, support and experience, and explore how custom and self-build housing can be delivered effectively for each region. This Expo will be the next in a series of regionally-focused custom and self-build housing events running around the UK until 2019, presented by NaCSBA’s Right to Build Taskforce and Wood for Good, in partnership.

Who should attend Expos

Local authorities, community groups and individuals, architects, landowners, developers, planners, custom and self-builders and any group looking to start or progress a custom or self-build project for themselves.

Benefits of attending

You will get unrivalled insight into the custom and self-build situation in your region – and the best way to get started – from people who have actually done it. Be inspired by interviews and panel discussions with leaders of local developments. Get advice on legal, financial and political practicalities. Hear case studies from local and international custom and self-build schemes. The expo will galvanize you and your team with in-depth access to success stories and ‘how-to’s’ from other regions. Get directly connected to expert support from the Task Force and understand how to maximize the full potential of the custom and self-build opportunities in your region.

Sponsorship – get great exposure for your organisation

If you are interested in maximising your impact on potential clients at the Expo, please contact peter.johns@wwonline.co.uk about the sponsorship and exhibiting opportunities available at all our regional Expos. Special rates available for NaCSBA members and Wood for Good supporters.

Keep in touch

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