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E16 1XL

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Right-to-Build Expo (London)

New date and venue: 10 May 2018, ExCel, London

Delegates receive FREE ENTRY for Grand Designs Live being held at ExCel

0900hrs (Registration) for a prompt start at 0930hrs

FREE tickets for registered community groups, NaCSBA members and Wood for Good supporters
(eligibility will apply at booking).

ALL DELEGATES will receive FREE ENTRY into Grand Designs Live, being held simultaneously at ExCel.

A fast-paced programme of experts, academics, policy, interviews, practical case-studies
and trade stands


9:00 Registration, coffee & networking for morning delegates

9:20 Welcome by Michael Holmes, chair, on behalf of NaCSBA & Wood for Good

9:45 Welcome by the Greater London Authority (speaker to be confirmed)

10:00 Keynote Address: to be announced!

Session 1: The Custom & Self-Build sector and the work of the Right to Build Task Force

10:15 Overview of the C&SB sector, Michael Holmes, Chair NaCSBA

10:45 The Right to Build Task Force: Supporting Custom & Self Build delivery in the UK, Mario Wolf, Task Force Director.

11:00 Coffee break & networking in the exhibition

Session 2: Why you should support Custom and Self Build housing

11:30 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

11:50 Working with enablers to deliver Custom Build housing at scale: Chris Brown, Executive Chairman and Founder, Igloo Regeneration

12:05 How to use Custom Build to regenerate and serve communities in cities: An introductory interview with Peoples’ Empowerment Alliance for Custom House (PEACH)

12:15 Benefits for local communities – interactive discussion with the audience, Richard Bacon, Chris Brown and contributions from Mario Wolf

Session 3: An international dimension

12:30 How the City of Amsterdam is delivering thousands of plots for self builders, Marije Raap, Self-build Delivery Project Manager, Amsterdam City Counci

13:00 Networking lunch in the exhibition


14:00 Visit on foot to community-led PEACH development nearby (pre-registered delegates only – select this option when booking your main ticket)

Session 4: Finance considerations

14:00 Mortgage and finance availability for Custom and Self Build housing, BuildStore with contributions from Virgin Money (speakers TBC)

Session 5: Planning and design considerations

14:30 Implications for Custom & Self Build from the draft revised National Planning Policy Framework, (interview with Mario Wolf)

14:45 Right to Build: Local authorities in action, (interview with Mario Wolf: Examples of real projects)

15:00 Design considerations in CustomBuild projects, Paul Maddock Senior Associate, Senior Architect at HTA Design LLP

15:15 Coffee break & networking in the exhibition (30min)

Session 6: The Right to Build and opportunities for London

15:45 Customised redevelopment of an urban terrace: Learning from the Hafer Road project, Clapham, Adam Street

16:00 Learning from current projects: Rural Urban Synthesis Society’s Church Grove project in Ladywell, Sam Brown, John Broome Architects. Ted Stevens OBE, Deputy Right to Build Task Force Ambassador (interview)

16:15 Enabling Custom and Self Build housing for older people: New Ground Cohousing in Barnet (Patrick Devlin, Partner, Pollard Thomas Edwards)

16:30 Supporting community-led projects across London: the role of the London Community-Led Housing Hub, Levent Kerimol, Project Director (interview)

Session 7: Kick-Starting your Right to Build project

16:45 Questions and take-away messages, Michael Holmes, chair

17:00 Close of afternoon session


What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Visitors can reach the ExCel venue via a number of public transport options:

Full details of how to get to the venue: https://www.excel.london/visitor/getting-here

(final programme to be confirmed)

Right-to-build background

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

Now is the time for those implementing Right-to-Build to harness the potential of the new legislative framework and unlock custom and self-build housing opportunities in their area.

About the Right-to-Build Expos

This Right-to-Build Expo (London) will be the next in a series of regionally-focused right-to-build events running nationally until 2019, presented by NaCSBA, the Right-to-Build Taskforce and Wood for Good in partnership.

The Right-to-Build expos are presented around the UK to bring together all the experts you need to kick-start your own Right-to-Build success story. From politics and planning to practice and delivery, Right-to-Build Expos bridge the gap between those with extensive custom and self-build experience with the groups and individuals who are working towards that goal.

Who should attend

Local authorities, community groups and individuals, landowners, developers
FREE tickets for local authorities, NaCSBA members and Wood for Good supporters
(eligibility will apply at booking).

Benefits of attending

  • Kick-start your own Right-to-Build success story.
  • Network and share your experiences of the right-to-build so far.
  • Learn about the new Right-to-Build Task Force and what it can do for you.
  • Discover how pioneering councils, experienced developers and landowners are capitalising on the right-to-build.
  • Get expert, one-to-one help and advice.

You will 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.

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