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

Please find below details from the latest Expo 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

Who attended RTB Expo Cambridge?

View/download PDF list of attendees: Delegates (RTB Expo, Cambs) (this list does not have contact details).


View/download presentations from the day here (PDFs):

A selection of images from the day


  • 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 | Two interviews: ‘Creating Custom and Self Build developments’, with Mark Stevenson, Potton and ‘Bringing Custom and Self Build developments to market’, with 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. (Visits are by invitation only due to limitation on numbers).

Sponsors of Cambridge Expo

Potton-logo View materials from our Sponsor at the Cambridge Expo: Sponsor_Potton Flyer for RTBCambs    

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.


These were discussion based at Cambridge, 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

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

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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