RIGHT TO BUILD EXPO – EXETER, 8 MARCH 2018 – TALKS & PROGRAMME

RIGHT TO BUILD EXPO: UNLOCKING THE POTENTIAL OF CUSTOM & SELF-BUILD HOUSING 8 March, Westpoint Centre, Exeter Post-event presentations and handouts Here you can view and download speakers’ slides and handouts: The Right to Build Task Force: Supporting Custom & Self Build delivery in the UK, Mario Wolf, Task Force Director Opportunities for Custom & … Continue reading “RIGHT TO BUILD EXPO – EXETER, 8 MARCH 2018 – TALKS & PROGRAMME”

Summit for Council Leaders at No.10 Downing Street

On 9 December 2015, NaCSBA coordinated a high-level summit at Downing Street where local authority council leaders were urged to become ‘champions’ of self and custom build housing. The event involved a number of senior politicians including Housing and Planning Minister, Brandon Lewis MP, and Richard Bacon MP, the chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group … Continue reading “Summit for Council Leaders at No.10 Downing Street”

The latest meeting of our custom build developer/enabler group

I chaired the latest meeting of the custom build developer/enabler group this week. The Homes and Communities Agency’s (HCA’s) Kirk Howe met the group to explore feedback on previous experiences of lending from the HCA and how the £1bn of loan funding announced by the Chancellor (which subsumes and adds to the Builders Finance Fund … Continue reading “The latest meeting of our custom build developer/enabler group”

An inquiry into the economics of the UK housing market

The House of Lords Select Committee on Economic Affairs has launched an inquiry into The Economics of the UK Housing Market. The Chairman of the Committee, Lord Hollick, has outlined the focus of the inquiry: “There are clearly serious issues with the UK housing market. Across the country, young people in particular are struggling with … Continue reading “An inquiry into the economics of the UK housing market”

Self build policy advice within Stroud’s adopted Local Plan

I’m encouraged to hear that Stroud District Council’s (SDC’s) Local Plan received approval last Thursday – complete with a minimum 2% strategic land allocation for self and custom build, based on advice from our Technical Representative Sally Tagg and others, an approach which the inspectors were very supportive of. SDC’s Planning team took inspiration from … Continue reading “Self build policy advice within Stroud’s adopted Local Plan”

Latest session with the Housing Minister: The ways forward

NaCSBA Chair Michael Holmes and I visited Westminster yesterday to discuss custom and self build issues with the Housing Minister Brandon Lewis MP. In a very cordial meeting, the group discussed the way forward for custom and self build so that the government can meet it’s stated aim of doubling the numbers of custom and … Continue reading “Latest session with the Housing Minister: The ways forward”

Inaugural meeting of new ‘group self build’ workshop

Our recent inaugural meeting of a new working group focusing on ‘group self building’ saw the participants arriving at a number of objectives which they would like to achieve. Collectively, the members of this group have successfully promoted and completed over fifty group self build schemes aimed mainly at first time purchasers – and identified … Continue reading “Inaugural meeting of new ‘group self build’ workshop”

Feedback from the first of our Autumn 2015 workshops

We’ve just completed the first of our five regional workshops for planning and housing officers. Collectively they’ll be attended by more than 200 people – mainly local council officers, but also housing association executives and representatives from community organisations keen to get their collective self build projects off the ground. The feedback from the first … Continue reading “Feedback from the first of our Autumn 2015 workshops”

Key address given on custom and self build at RICS event

I was invited to give a key address at an RICS CPD Day in Southampton last Thursday (8 October 2015). The conference delivered six hours of regionally-focused CPD learning, covering three separate streams dedicated to Land, Built Environment and Property. It provided practical insights into a variety of key themes, including permitted development rights, collateral … Continue reading “Key address given on custom and self build at RICS event”

Report on the latest self/custom build meeting with DCLG

Last week, NaCSBA Chair Michael Holmes and I visited the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) for an update meeting on self and custom building. Both continue to feature strongly in the Government’s plans to meet its new homes targets and the forthcoming Comprehensive Spending Review is focusing attention prior to an expected announcement … Continue reading “Report on the latest self/custom build meeting with DCLG”

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