This took place on the 8 March 2018, Westpoint Centre, Exeter EX5 1DJ

Post-event presentations and handouts

About the event

This Right to Build Expo (South West) is the next in a series of regionally-focused Task Force events running nationally until 2019.

On 8 March 2018, the next Right to Build Expo will be held at the Westpoint Centre, Exeter. The region’s designers, builders, planners, surveyors, lenders, developers, landowners, community groups and local authorities – everyone you need to meet to start a custom and self-build project – will be at this right to build event.  –  –

Match up your right to build ambitions with services, support and experience, and explore how custom and self-build housing can be delivered effectively.

You are invited to attend the next in a series of popular regional events, brought to you by NaCSBA, the Right-to-Build Task Force and Wood for Good, in partnership.

Local authorities, NaCSBA members and Wood for Good supporters can register FREE for all our Right-to-Build Expos.

Register for tickets.

Right to build group
Right to Build group

Background to Right to Build

All local authorities in England now have a legal duty to prepare and publicise ‘Right to Build’ demand registers for people in their areas that want to commission their own home. They must also grant planning permission for sufficient ‘shovel ready’ plots to meet the demand on their registers within three years.

Now is the time for those implementing the Right to Build – local authorities, community groups, landowners and developers – to harness the potential of the new legislative framework and unlock custom and self build housing opportunities in their area.

Benefits of attending

Right to Build Expo brings together all the players you need to meet and hear from to kick start your own Right to Build success story. From politics and planning to practice and delivery, it bridges the gap between those with profound custom and self build experience and groups who still need to get there.

  • Get unrivalled insight into the best way to get started from the people who have actually done it.
  • Be inspired by 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 and particular opportunities for Garden Towns.

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 Right to Build demand registers.

“Excellent – informative and inspirational” – local authority Expo delegate.



9:00       Registration, coffee & networkingWelcome & opening address

9:30       Welcome by Michael Holmes, chair (on behalf of NaCSBA & Wood for Good)
9:45       Welcome by Teignbridge District Council, Cllr Jeremy Christophers, Leader of Council and Deputy Task Force Ambassador
Session 1: The Right to Build and opportunities for Greater Exeter
10:00    The Right to Build Task Force: Supporting Custom & Self Build delivery in the UK, Mario Wolf, Task Force Director
10:15    Opportunities for Custom & Self Build across Greater Exeter- learning from Teignbridge, Simon Thornley, Business Manager, Strategic Place, Teignbridge District Council
10:30    Examples from the neighbourhood: Enabled Community Self Build development- The Nelson Project in Plymouth, Alex South, Operations Director at Veterans Self Build and Community Self Build Agency
10:45    Examples from the neighbourhood: Local authority enabled group Custom and Self Build housing- Broadhempston CLT project, Devon, Hugo Davies and Geoff Dowson
11:00    Coffee break & networking in the exhibition
Session 2: Why support Custom and Self Build housing
11:30 The Citizen Sector: How custom and self-build needs to be the new normal, Alastair Parvin, Co-Founder of WikiHouse Foundation.
11.45 Keynote address 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
Session 3: Facilitating the release of building plots
12:15 Working with enablers, Mark Stevenson, Managing Director of Potton & NaCSBA Executive Committee Member
12:40 Benefits for local communities – interactive discussion with the audience, Richard Bacon with contributions from Jeremy Christophers, Mark Stevenson and Alastair Parvin
13:00    Networking lunch in the exhibition
Welcome & opening
14:00    Welcome by Michael Holmes, chair (on behalf of NaCSBA & Wood for Good)
Session 1: Mastering delivery

14:30    Masterclasses

  • Right to Build Registers and assessing demand, Mario Wolf with Lin Cousins, Three Dragons)
  • Mortgage and finance availability, Raymond Connor, BuildStore
  • How to implement Right to Build, Roy Williams, Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government
  • How to facilitate building plots, Mark Stevenson, Potton
  • Planning for Custom and Self Build housing, Sally Tagg, Managing Director, Foxley Tagg Planning Limited
  • The neighbourhood planning dimension – how to incorporate Custom and Self Build into a Neighbourhood Plan, John Palmer, Enhabit Ltd

15:00    Coffee break & networking in the exhibition

Session 2: Masterclasses re-run
15:30    For selection of Masterclasses see above
Session 3: Kick-Starting your Right to Build project
16:00    Take-away messages and first-steps, Michael Holmes, chair
Close: 16:30

Thanks to our sponsors

Exeter Expo Gold Sponsor:

Our exhibitors

Asher Homes
Bright Forest
Constructing Excellence SouthWest CESW
Custom Build Strategy
Wood Window Alliance

Tickets and sponsor packages

Local authorities, NaCSBA members and Wood for Good supporters can register FREE for all our Right-to-Build events, and can access preferential conditions on all sponsor packages.If you are interested in maximising your impact on potential clients at Right to Build Expos, please contact Christiane.lellig@woodforgood.com or 07909 335232 about the sponsorship opportunities available at all our regional Expos.
Special rates available for NaCSBA members and Wood for Good supporters.

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