New task force launched to help delivery of self and custom build projects.

The National Custom and Self Build Association, NaCSBA, has launched a new Right to Build Expert Task Force. With its ambassador, Richard Bacon MP, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Self Build, Custom and Community Housebuilding and Placemaking, the Task Force will help Local Authorities, community groups and other organisations across the UK deliver large, affordable custom and self-build housing projects.

Richard Bacon MP, who together with NaCSBA has championed the introduction of the Right to Build, said: “Although we have these important new powers in England, custom and self-build housing will only become mainstream if Local Authorities and other organisations truly harness these powers.

Chair of NaCSBA, Michael Holmes, said: “We are grateful to the Nationwide Foundation for supporting NaCSBA’s goal to ensure that people currently in housing need, who want to build their own decent and affordable home, can exercise their Right to Build. The Task Force will deliver valuable support to Local Authorities, affordable housing providers and community groups delivering effective policies and unlocking real projects. We know that English Local Authorities have a duty to grant planning permissions for 18,000 serviced plots by 31st October 2019. And this is only the tip of the iceberg with people registering on the new English demand registers on a daily basis. There is also huge untapped potential in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.”