Right to Build Expo, Eastern Region, Thurs 4 Oct 2018 (Cambridge)

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.


South Cambridgeshire Hall, Cambourne Business Park, Cambourne, Cambridge CB23 6EA


(provisional – details may change)


0900      Registration, coffee & networking

0915      Welcome by Michael Holmes, Chair, on behalf of NaCSBA & Wood for Good

0945      Welcome by South Cambridgeshire District Council (Cllr. Bridget Smith)

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

0950      Keynote address by Nicholas Boys Smith, Create Streets

1000      Why support Custom and Self Build housing, 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; incl. interview with Adam Broadway, Managing Director, Instinctively Green Ltd and Right to Build Task Force Expert on the K1 Co-Housing Project, Cambridge.

1105      Audience Q&A

1115      Coffee break & networking in the exhibition

1145     Unlocking opportunities across South Cambridgeshire, with Lawrence Castle and Gill Anderton incl. interview with Neil Smith, Chief Executive, Net Zero Buildings

1215      Interview with Panel & discussion on the opportunities across South Cambridgeshire and benefits of community-led housing development; with contributions from Barry Wood, Deputy Task Force Ambassador and Leader of Cherwell District Council and questions from the floor

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

1230     Planning for Custom and Self Build housing and local authorities in action (speaker to be confirmed)

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

1320      Q&A

1330      Networking lunch / market forum in the exhibition space


Welcome back, Michael Holmes, Chair (on behalf of NaCSBA & Wood for Good)

1440      How to enable custom build through the sale of serviced plots: Tom Connor and Allan Corfield, Custom Build Solutions

Session 2: Mastering delivery

1500     Masterclasses

  1. Legislation guidance and good practice (Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government)
  2. Mortgage and finance availability (BuildStore)
  3. Planning for Custom and Self Build housing (Foxley Tagg Planning)
  4. Facilitating neighbourhood planning and community-led projects (John Palmer, Enhabit Ltd and Adam Broadway)
  5. The importance of assessing demand (Three Dragons)

1530      Coffee break & networking in the exhibition

Session 3: Masterclass repeats & SME Workshop

1600      Masterclasses re-run (see above for topics)

1600      Workshop with SME builders and developers to explore opportunities across South Cambridge, facilitated by Mark Stevenson in association with Custom Build Solutions, Laurence Castle and Gill Anderton, South Cambridgeshire District Council

Session 4: Kick-starting your Right to Build project

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

1645      Close

Site visit! Visit to Marmalade Lane Cohousing project in Cambridge, led by Adam Broadway - AND - to Net Zero semi-detached homes and manufacturing facility at Six Mile Bottom, led by Neil Smith, CEO Net Zero Buildings (visit is by invitation only due to limitation on numbers)

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 how to reach the venue by car and public transport 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, here are presentations from our most recent Expo held in Glasgow:

The morning sessions (Glasgow) (PDF)


These are largely discussion based, but you will be able to view/download some materials here after events (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’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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