What we do

The Right to Build Task Force is a professional advice service, and part of community-interest company, that supports a range of organisations in their ambitions to deliver more Custom- and Self-build homes in the UK. The Task Force is supported by a team of experts able to provide advice to help unlock the growing demand from people that want to build, or commission, their own home.

Although set up by the National Custom and Self Build Association (NaCSBA), the Task Force operates completely independently, with an ethical wall between the two organisations. This is because while NaCSBA lobbies government for change, the Right to Build Task Force is solely focused on providing advice to a range of stakeholders to bring on more owner-commissioned homes, including community-led homes, working within the framework of the Right to Build legislation.

The Task Force receives funding from the Ministry of Housing and Communities and Local Government, and is endorsed by government, having been recognised in the White Paper Fixing our Broken Housing Market (2017).


“I congratulate Richard Bacon MP and the Right to Build Task Force for sterling work in banging the drum for Custom and Self Build, helping authorities and community groups to bring forward large affordable custom and self-build projects and demonstrating that that is possible.” Kit Malthouse, Housing Minister, May 2019


Who does the Right to Build Task Force support:

Support is available to councils, community groups, housing associations, developers and landowners and other organisations to deliver larger-scale, affordable Custom and Self Build housing projects. Community-led groups are also welcome to apply. 

Priority will be given to strategies and projects that:

  • Deliver more Custom and Self Build homes, or that are capable of replication. This means:
    – for local authorities and private sector organisations, projects of at least 100 Custom and Self Build homes;
    – for community organisations or groups of people working together, projects of more than 5 Custom and Self Build homes which have support from their local authority and have one or more of the following secured for their project: planning permission, land and/or finance.
  • Include significant numbers of ‘affordable’ homes, although this need not be limited to the definition in the National Planning Policy Framework.
  • Have support from senior local politicians, to ensure timely delivery.

To ensure other organisations benefit, the lessons learnt from our work are shared through on this Toolkit.

Although the Right to Build does not extend to Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland,we will support the devolved administrations and other organisations to unlock Custom and Self Build opportunities across the UK.

The background:

It is a given that we urgently need to build many more homes, both for sale and for rent: homes that people can afford, that they want to live in, and located where they want to live.

There are millions of people across the UK who would like the opportunity to build their own home, either through Self Build, or by working with a Custom Build developer that will give them the opportunity to design an individual home.

If this huge demand were unlocked, it would lead to a significant rise in the number of new homes built each year and could lead to a permanent increase in housebuilding.

The ‘Right to Build’ requires all councils in England to provide for sufficient serviced plots with planning permission to meet local demand for Custom and Self Build housing.

All councils now have local demand registers and more than 40,000 people across England have registered so far, with more registering daily.

To ensure other organisations benefit, the lessons learnt from our work are being shared through a programme of events and our attendance at national conferences, as well as case studies on this Toolkit.

Many are introducing local initiatives to meet local demand, whether through local plans, proposals for garden towns and villages, working with Custom Build developers and community groups or by directly releasing land for serviced building plots.

Large numbers of councils have said they need help to deliver their ambitions.



Right to Build Task Force flyer


Click to download the information leaflet that sets out how the Task Force works.  



If you want to contact the Task Force and register your interest in receiving support or becoming an Expert, please get in touch here.


Fixing our Broken Housing Market

“3.17 The Government welcomes the establishment of the Right to Build Taskforce by the National Custom and Self Build Association.” White Paper Fixing our Broken Housing Market (DCLG, February 2017)