Right to Build Expert Task Force launched

The National Custom and Self Build Association (NaCSBA) has announced the launch of a new Right to Build Expert Task Force, with Richard Bacon MP as its ambassador.

The Task Force will help local authorities, community groups and other organisations deliver large and affordable custom- and self-build housing projects.

The Task Force aims to help at least 80 organisations create significantly more affordable homes over the next three years. To ensure other projects benefit, the lessons learnt will be shared though regional events and case studies within the Right to Build Portal.

The Task Force is funded by the Nationwide Foundation which aims to increase the availability of decent affordable homes for people in housing need. It was recognised by the Government in its recent White Paper and is being supported by a number of partners including the Building and Social Housing Foundation, the National Housing Federation, the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and the Royal Town Planning Institute.

Richard Bacon MP, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Self Build, Custom and Community Housebuilding and Placemaking 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.”

He believes this is where the new Task Force can help, saying it

“may be Councils needing help setting up, or better marketing of their demand registers, or advice in creating planning strategies. I am confident the Task Force will deliver real change and I am delighted to become its Ambassador.”

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.”

Explaining more about what the Task Force will do he said:

“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 permission for 18,000 serviced plots by 31 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.”