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New Beta Website

The Right to Build Task force is moving, from this URL to, the new home of our help and expertise. Crucially, our new planning guidance for custom and self build is located on the beta site, so please take a look and check out the new guidance. If you spot any gremlins please do […]

MHCLG funded support for new councils to work with the Task Force

Don’t delay, the Right to Build Task Force has received limited funding from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government to enable it to offer free support to councils looking to bring on custom and self build. To qualify the authority must not previously received support from the Right to Build Task Force. And […]

26 March new Custom Build Summit launched

A new Custom Build Summit has been launched, taking place on 26 March 2020 at the NEC, Birmingham. The one-day conference is an opportunity for a range of housing professionals to come together to discover the opportunities and barriers to growth in the UK for the Custom Build and serviced-plots market.       The […]

Right to Build Task Force Custom and Self Build Training

The Right to Build Task Force ran a hugely successful Enabling Custom and Self Build Housing training session on the 15 October, in association with Trowers & Hamlins. The training focused on the implementation and fulfilment of the duties imposed by Right to Build legislation, and included presentations from the Right to Build Task Force’s Director […]

Three Dragons Custom and Self Build Assessment Demand Model

The Custom and Self Build Housing model produced by Three Dragons, with support from the Right to Build Task Force, is now available to a range of stakeholders, following successful trials with local authorities working on their local plans. Created by specialist housing and planning consultancy Three Dragons, the model measures the potential demand for […]

Herefordshire planning appeal stresses need for councils to meet Custom and Self Build demand

A Government Planning Inspector has granted outline planning permission for up to five Self Build homes in open countryside outside Bromsberrow Heath, a small village near Ledbury in Herefordshire. The appeal decision* overturned Forest of Dean District Council’s original refusal to grant outline planning permission, with the council’s activities around their duties under the Right […]

Right to Build Task Force updates PSE Executive on Custom and Self Build sector

Recently Right to Build Task Force Director Mario Wolf gave an update to the Public Sector Executive on the situation for Custom and Self Build in the country, covering the sectors potential for delivering more and better homes.  Take a look to find out how the sector can help build communities and make a real […]

Teignbridge launches self build guides for communities, landowners and small builders

Longtime pioneer in self build, Teignbridge District Council has worked with experts from the Right to Build Task Force to create two new guides for anyone wanting to help provide more custom and self build homes. The two guides have very different, but key, areas of focus: community-led housing and landowners/builders. Leader of Teignbridge District […]

Expert Panel – call for specialised experts to join the Right to Build Task Force

This spring the Right to Build Task Force is seeking to add to the experience on its panel by recruiting more Custom and Self Build Experts. Applicants must have a deep practical knowledge and demonstrable experience relating specially to the delivery of Custom and Self Build housing. Given our growing workload, we are particularly keen […]

RIBA calls for more support for the custom, self-build and community-led sector

The RIBA has published a detailed analysis in response to the Letwin Review into build out rates, which is due to announce its final findings shortly. The analysis sets out 10 points for action to improve the housing delivery situation in the UK, with recommendations for planning, industry and local and national government. &nsp; The report, Ten […]

Netherlands visit shows scope of custom and self build models

The Right to Build Task Force recently ran a successful tour to The Netherlands, sharing a range of exciting Custom, Self-build and community-led housing projects with a group made up of planning and housing teams, landowners, developers and more. For the full story visit NaCSBA news, or click on the video from Custom Build Homes, which […]

Adam Broadway joins Task Force as Head of New Business

To help grow and develop its activity, the Right to Build Task Force has appointed Adam Broadway as Head of New Business, supporting the Task Force’s ambition to provide targeted support to facilitate the delivery of more Custom Build, Self Build and community-led housing across the UK. A qualified town planner with over 30 years’ […]

Task Force visits Marklake Court and its vision of customised regeneration

The Right to Build Task Force recently visited Marklake Court in London, an innovative customised approach to estate regeneration that provides 27 new homes for existing estate residents. The homes have all enabled residents to leave their existing homes, which are no longer fit for purpose. This solution has enabled residents to downsize, or move […]

Custom and Self Build Housing Discovery Visit September 26 & 27

Register now to join a 2 day Task Force-led visit to Custom and Self Build sites in the Netherlands this September. Read more This visit is sponsored by Custom Build Homes. Custom Build Homes is the UK’s leading dedicated provider of custom build marketing and sales services to landowners, developers, and local authorities providing Demand Assessments, […]

Task Force and Dutch Government exchange best practice on custom and self-build

Right To Build Task Force Ambassador Richard Bacon MP spoke recently with Dutch Government at a national conference about the experiences in England of the Right To Build legislation. The focus was on the practicalities and benefits of a policy-led approach for assessing demand for custom and self-build homes. The visit, also attended by Task […]

Meet some of the Task Force Experts

Adam Roake is a developer and an architect with over thirty-three years’ experience in mixed use urban development, including nine years as a main board director of Goldcrest Land Limited. He was a CABE Enabler advising local authorities and project promoters on good design and ‘Building for Life’ quality considerations and he wasmember of the […]

Task Force announces ground breaking new demand assessment tool and more Task Force experts

  The second regional Right to Build Expo kicked off today in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, bringing together stakeholders from industry, local authorities and landowners. Since its launch the Task Force has received significant interest from around the UK and is now agreeing project briefs with a range of clients. There has been considerable interest in how […]


Right to Build Expo: Unlocking the potential of Custom & Self Build housing Kick start your own Right to Build success story. Network and share your experiences of the Right to Build so far. Learn about the new Right to Build Task Force and what it could do for you. Find out about how pioneering […]


Three new experts join NaCSBA’s expert team to aid the growth of Custom and Self Build housing in the UK The National Custom and Self Build Association’s (NaCSBA) Task Force has announced its three latest recruits, who will be joining the expert team as ambassadors to help boost and integrate Custom and Self Build housing […]

Location of first Garden Villages announced

The Government has announced the first 14 garden villages across the country which collectively could deliver more than 48,000 homes. Garden Villages are distinct new settlements, each with between 1,500 and 10,000 homes and their own community facilities. Government is making available £6m in project support funding to local authorities over the next two years, […]

New annual £60 million Community Housing Fund launched

A new annual £60 million Community Housing Fund has been launched by Government to help 148 councils tackle the problem of high levels of second homeownership in their communities. The Fund comes in the form of a grant to local authorities to support local community affordable housing projects aimed at first-time buyers. The first year […]

New £15m investment fund launched for larger-scale community-led housing projects

Big Society Capital has launched a £15m investment facility for social investors to fund large-scale community-led housing projects across the UK. The facility will provide development finance to larger, mainly urban, community-led housing projects after they have received planning permission. It is expected that such projects will require a mix of funding that includes both […]

Planning secured for national large-scale custom build pilot project

Construction work will begin shortly on the 122 home custom build project at Park Prewett in Basingstoke. Basingstoke and Deane Council’s Development Control Committee has granted outline planning permission for the development at The Spinney, Aldermaston Road, Park Prewett, Basingstoke (Reference BDB/7477). Permission is subject to the completion of a Section 106 agreement and Conditions. […]

New Self-build and Custom Housebuilding legislation now in force

New rules came into effect on 31 October 2016 which amended the Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015 and implemented Chapter 2 of the Housing and Planning Act 2016 which sets out provisions to support self-build and custom housebuilding. This means that the second and final part of the Right to Build, placing a duty […]

Neighbourhood Plan in rural Norfolk includes self build percentage policy

The recently adopted Neighbourhood Plan for Great Plumstead, Little Plumstead and Thorpe End Garden Village in Norfolk has set out a strategy for delivering more opportunities for people to build their own homes. The Plan includes a policy that all new housing developments of 20 or more homes should consider allocating at least five per […]