Right to Build Expo, Fareham (Hampshire), 6 Sept 2018

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.


(provisional – details may change)


0900      Registration, coffee & networking

Welcome & opening address

0915      Welcome by Michael Holmes, chair, on behalf of NaCSBA & Wood for Good. Actual start time 9:30.

0945      Welcome by Fareham Borough Council

Session 1: Supporting Custom and Self Build housing in Fareham and the wider region  

0950      Keynote address (speaker to be confirmed)

1000      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

1100      Q&A

1115      Coffee break & networking in the exhibition

1145      Unlocking opportunities in Fareham and Welbourne Garden Village

1200      Panel discussion on the benefits of community-led housing development

1215      Questions

Session 2: Facilitating delivery through the planning system and mortgage availability

1230     Planning for Custom and Self Build and local authorities in action

1250      Mortgage availability, Tom McScherry, BuildStore and interview with Ecology Building Society

1320      Q&A

1330      Networking lunch / market forum in the exhibition space


1430      Welcome by Michael Holmes, chair (on behalf of NaCSBA & Wood for Good)

1440      Working with enablers – scaling up Custom and Self Build provision, Mark Stevenson, Managing Director of Potton & NaCSBA Executive Committee Member

Session 2: Mastering delivery

1500     Masterclasses

  • Implementing the Right to Build
  • Mortgage and finance availability, [Raymond Connor, BuildStore supported by Ecology Building Society and Homes England]
  • Planning for Custom and Self Build housing
  • Facilitating neighbourhood planning and community-led projects
  • The importance of assessing demand

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 in Fareham, facilitated by Mark Stevenson, and Reg Honeybul, Managing Director, Concept2 Homes

Session 4: Kick-starting your Right to Build project

1630      Take-away messages and first-steps, Michael Holmes, chair

1700      Close


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Talks & presentations

(these will be posted up soon after the event) For interest, here are the main presentations from our recent Glasgow Expo: The morning sessions (Glasgow) (PDF)


These are largely discussion based, but you will be able to view/download some materials here after the event (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, 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 individual or 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 the 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.

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