Right to Build Expo, Cheshire, Thurs 1 Nov 2018 (Warrington)

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.
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The Base, Dallam Lane, Warrington, Cheshire WA2 7NG


RTB Expo Cheshire programme (PDF)

(provisional – details may change)


  • 0900 | Registration, coffee & networking
  • 0915 | Welcome by Michael Holmes, chair, on behalf of NaCSBA & Wood for Good.
  • 0945 | Welcome by Warrington Borough Council/Warrington & Co, Andy Farrell

Session 1: Supporting Custom and Self Build housing across Cheshire

  • 0950| Keynote address: 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
  • 1010 | Overview of the C&SB sector, Michael Holmes, Chair NaCSBA
  • 1025| The Right to Build Task Force and the technical models for delivery: Supporting Custom & Self Build delivery in the UK, Mario Wolf, Task Force Director
  • 1050 | Interview with Tom Macartney, Trivselhus
  • 1100 | Panel discussion on the benefits of community-led housing development, with Liza Parry, CEO, Housing People, Building Communities.

 1115       Coffee break & networking in the exhibition

  • 1145 | Unlocking opportunities through the new Strategic Economic Plan – a short interview with Cheshire & Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership
  • 1200 | Opportunities for Custom and Self Build through the Warrington New City Initiative, CWHA, Andy Farrell
  • 1215 | Q&A

Session 2: Facilitating the release of building plots, mortgages and funding availability

  • 1230 | Working with enablers – the St Helens example, Paul Newman, Potton, and Plot’s H20 Urban scheme in Lancaster and the NE, Richard Thomas
  • 1300 | Mortgage availability, Tom McSherry, BuildStore
  • 1315 | An introduction to the Community Housing Fund, Ann Seipp, Homes England

 1330       Networking lunch / market forum in the exhibition space


  • 1430 | Welcome by Michael Holmes, chair (on behalf of NaCSBA & Wood for Good)
  • 1435 | Planning for Custom & Self Build and local authorities action, Mario Wolf & Stoke-on-Trent City Council

Session 2: Mastering delivery

1500      Masterclasses

  1. Legislation, Guidance and Good Practice, with the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
  2. Mortgage and finance availability, with BuildStore
  3. How to facilitate building plots, with Potton
  4. Funding opportunities for bringing forward housing, with Homes England
  5. Facilitating community-led projects with Housing People, Building Communities
  6. Planning for Custom and Self Build housing, with Foxley Tagg Planning (apologies but this session is not now going ahead for the Cheshire Expo)

1530 | Coffee break & networking in the exhibition

 Session 3: Masterclasses re-run

  • 1600 | For selection of Masterclasses see above

Session 4: Kick-Starting your Right to Build project

  • 1630 | Take-away messages and first-steps, Michael Holmes, chair
  • 1700 | Close

Working with:

Sponsors of Right to Build Expo, Cheshire

(to be announced)

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 venue location 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, click here to see presentations from our most recent Expo held in Fareham:

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

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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