The National Custom and Self Build Association (NaCSBA) yesterday held its second regional Expo to showcase the work of the newly established Right to Build Task Force.
This series of events will help boost the supply of Custom and Self Build housing and bring together stakeholders from industry, local authorities and landowners.
Interest in the Task Force is growing fast
Since its launch the Task Force has received significant interest from organisations nationwide and is now agreeing project briefs with a range of public and private sector clients. There has been considerable interest in how best to include Custom and Self Build housing in new garden towns and villages and the different ways it can deliver affordable housing.
Speaking at the Expo, Andrew Longley, Head of the North Northamptonshire Joint Planning and Delivery Unit, said: “North Northamptonshire has significant growth ambitions and there is considerable potential for Custom and Self Build housing to accelerate and diversify the homes we build for our communities. We are grateful for the advice we have received from the Task Force about how to maximise these opportunities, and l look forward to receiving further support over the coming months.”
In welcoming delegates to the event Councillor Martin Griffiths, Leader of the Borough Council of Wellingborough said: “I am delighted we are hosting the Right to Build Expo in Wellingborough. We are committed to enabling more Custom and Self Build homebuilding across North Northamptonshire. Based on the advice of the Task Force, we will shortly be relaunching our local demand registers to establish where our communities want to build and where we should make serviced plots available.”
Three more Task Force Experts
Given the demand for support, the Task Force are today announcing three further experts onto its team.
Adam Broadway who is Managing Director of Instinctively Green Ltd, is a professional planner and housing expert. Adam has over thirty years senior management and practical experience in the design, procurement, project management and delivery of affordable housing as well as several years’ experience in the delivery of strategic sustainability advice. Adam brings specific experience in supporting co-housing projects, having initiated and project managed the K1 Project in Cambridge from inception to start on site.
Jacqueline Tellinga will join the Task Force as its first international expert. Jacqueline works as a project manager for the city of Almere in the Netherlands, where she has delivered Europe’s largest Custom and Self Build project (Homeruskwartier with 1,400 serviced building plots) and recently the BouwEXPO Tiny Housing. She has been advisor to The Hague City Council on the establishment of a Custom and Self Build programme and is also a member of the Dutch Government’s Expertteam Eigenbouw which advises municipalities nationally on delivering Custom and Self Build projects. She is also the author of various publications on how to protect the interests of individual citizens in the deregulation of planning and housing delivery.
Adam Roake who is Director of Urbanise Limited and partner at Spacemaker Architects, brings over thirty years of property development, planning, regeneration, architectural and community engagement experience to the Task Force, having previously worked for Goldcrest Land and as an enabling advisor for CABE.
Richard Bacon MP, Ambassador for the Task Force, who initiated the Right to Build legislation said: “I am delighted we are bringing such depth of experience to our panel of Experts. Many councils and other organisations like the idea of helping people who want to build their own homes - and they are looking for advice on the best way to offer this help. Our Experts will allow us to provide the best possible practical advice to organisations who want to enable more people to build their own homes across the UK. I look forward to working with our new Experts over the coming months.”
New Demand Assessment Tool
NaCSBA is today also announcing a new Custom and Self Build demand assessment tool, which is being developed in partnership with Three Dragons. The tool will help local authorities take a longer-term view of the demand for serviced building plots in their areas to inform their housing and planning strategies. The first of its kind nationally, this tool will be piloted across several local authorities over the coming months before going live in early 2018.
Michael Holmes, Chair of NaCSBA and Task Force Board Member, who chaired the Expo, said: “Government has been quite clear in its national planning policy and guidance that local authorities need to assess the overall demand for Custom and Self Build housing and prepare local plans to meet this demand over the period of their plans.”
“Local demand registers play an important role to help identify the number of building plots which should be made available now and in the near future. But they are not well suited to judge what land should be set aside over the timeframe of a local plan.”
“The new tool will help councils take a longer-term view of demand, so they can make better informed planning decisions for their communities.”