National Custom & Self Build Week. What Options Do You Have?
As a member of NaCSBA (National Custom and Self Build Association), ACA’s mission is to help as many peole realise their dreams, and build their very own ‘Grand Design’. We are excited to announce that the National Custom and Self Build Week is taking place from 7th to the 13th of May.
The National Custom and Self Build week is a chance for future self-builders to find out about the various options available, build routes and current development in the sector. This could be through co-operation with a Custom Build developer, local housebuilder or by going it alone with a Self Build project.
Throughout the week NaCSBA will be promoting the industry and trying to bring self/custom build front and center when it comes to house building in the UK. There are several events which may be of interest to self-builders and professionals:
– Grand Designs Live – based on the Channel 4 series and presented by Kevin McCloud, this Self Build and home improvement show takes place in Excel London between the 5th-13th of May. It offers visitors one-to-one free expert advice, talks from industry professionals, new product launches and specialist exhibitors in six project zones (build, gardens, interiors, kitchens & bathrooms, technology and design arcade).
– National Self Build & Renovation Show – if you decide to visit the National Self Build and Renovation Centre in Swindon between the 11th-13th of May, you will get the opportunity to speak with over 240 exhibitors and experience three days of talks, tours and one-to-one opportunities with architects, designers and other industry experts.
– Graven Hill Plot Shop tailored home preview – A preview of the Graven Hill plot; the UK’s largest Custom and Self Build site with new tailored finished detached homes, offering customers a range of unique customisable houses, including minibus site visits. As a ‘turnkey’ solution, The Graven Hill Village Development Company provides their clients with a wide array of choices for the interior layout and finishes of their chosen home.
– Right To Build Expo – NaCSBA and Wood for Good bring you another amazing Expo sharing the best practice, latest news and information to help you learn more about the Custom and Self Build industries and choosing the best solution for your future home. If you visit Excel London, you can hit two birds with one stone by attending both this event and Grand Design Live!
Following the announcement on the 1st April 2016, the regulation known as the ‘Right to Build Act’ – requires local authorities to record a formal register of people who are interested in finding land to start a Self Build project.
This is so that prospective Self Builders can be matched with suitable plots as and when they become available. If any of you are looking for a plot right now, you will apprecaite that this is one of the most difficult parts of any project!
At a time when many people in the UK are struggling to find appropriate, affordable housing – the new legislation aims to raise awareness, and encourage potential self-builders, or house-hunters, to consider undertaking a Self or Custom Build project.
Right To Build in 2017
Last year NaCSBA activity was centered around capitalizing on the implementation of the Right To Build legislation which came into force a year earlier. NaCSBA also aimed to develop and maintain a close relationship with the Government, which is ongoing. Below are just a few of NaCSBA’s achievements last year:
- Securing an exemption from Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) and s106 contributions and influenced important financial regulations regarding mortgages and tax surcharges
- Securing billions of pounds in public sector funding support. This triggered an increase in the number of planning permissions for single new dwellings by 24% in 2016 and 32% in 2017.
At the end of 2017, NaCSBA announced that over 33,000 people signed up to the Right To Build register since the regulation was announced. This is an 80% increase on the 18,000 that signed up in the first seven months. In reality, this means that local authorities need to provide 33,000 serviced plots until 31st of October 2020.
According to NaCSBA’s chair, Michael Holmes, while this number is great progress, it does not reflect the millions of people that declared their intentions of actively planning to build their own homes in the Ipsos Mori polls.
NaCSBA ambitions for 2018 onwards are equally high. The Association is aiming to become a mainstream housing choice delivering 30-50,000 new homes by 2030.
Are you ready to build your dream home?
The National Custom & Self Build Week gives you the unique opportunity to progress with your plans of building your own home. You can see what opportunities there are and increase your knowledge of the Self Build and Custom Build industries.
If you are aiming to build your dream home and you still haven’t done so, please register to the Right To Build Portal.
If you have any questions for Allan over the course of the National Custom & Self Build Week, send us an email or post on our social media channels.