15 October: Enabling Custom and Self Build housing

Essential CPD training for planning, housing and built-environment professionals, in association with Trowers & Hamlins.

With over 40,000 people now registered on local authority Self-build and Custom housebuilding registers the Custom and Self Build sector is set to grow dramatically.

But there remains a lack of knowledge around best practice and routes to delivery. With a range of models and mechanisms to choose from, how do you know which routes are the right choice for your needs.

This training will enable you to implement primary legislation, Government planning policy and related guidance, which together, set the framework for enabling the provision of permissioned serviced building plots to meet local demand as you deliver the ‘Right to Build’.

PLUS, the training could contribute to your CPD requirements for members of the RTPI.*

For an in-depth look at the trip, visit NaCSBA's News page. 

Who should attend?

Local authority housing, planning, regeneration, development and estates officers

Developers, housebuilders and housing associations

Established community housing groups


Housing and Planning consultants and advisors

Detailed coverage

  • Learn more about the key parts of the Self-build and Custom Housebuilding legislation, how local authorities are applying it and the scope of their duties and powers.
  • Emerging practice on Self-build and Custom housebuilding registers will be addressed and relevant aspects of revised national planning policy, including how it can deliver affordable housing
  • Better understand how to assess the demand for Self Build and Custom housebuilding to inform local plan policies and support project delivery
  • Learn about how Design Codes, plot passports and Local Development Orders can be used effectively to support Custom and Self Build housing projects on larger sites, learning from the UK’s biggest project to date
  • Gain insight into effective use of planning conditions and obligations to secure the timely delivery of Self Build and Custom housebuilding on sites.

Training running order

1215 Arrival for registration and sandwich lunch

1245 Welcome and introduction from the Right to Build Task Force and Trowers & Hamlins

1300 The Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015, supporting Regulations and national planning policy - what does it mean and what progress are Councils making, with examples of good practice

1340 Design Codes, plot passports and Local Development Orders to support Custom and Self Build housing projects on larger sites - experience from Graven Hill

1420 Coffee break

1445 Understanding demand to inform the preparation of Local Plans

1525 Securing Custom and Self Build development through the planning application process – the role of planning obligations and conditions

1605 Summary of key points and next steps

1630 Finish

Cost: £299 +VAT per person, discounted to £249 +VAT per person for National Custom and Self Build Association members
EARLY BIRD special price (until 15 August): £150+VAT per person, discounted to £125+VAT per person (NaCSBA members)

The Right to Build Task Force is a NaCSBA initiative set up with the help of the Government and the Nationwide Foundation to support the delivery of significantly more affordable Custom and Self Build housing projects across the UK.

This training event has been made possible with the support of Trowers & Hamlins

Visit Eventbrite for more details or to book. 


Note from the RTPI:*The RTPI is not prescriptive about the types of activity that count as CPD, recognising that you are the best person to assess the value of an activity to your professional development. However, nothing should be automatically accepted as CPD unless you have personally learnt from it. When considering whether an activity counts as CPD you should initially refer back to your Professional Development Plan to see whether it will help your development objectives. Find out more on the RTPI's website.

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