NaCSBA has published its first Custom and Self Build Market Report, the most comprehensive assessment of the state of the sector to date.

The report contains industry insight and analysis on a range of subjects, including the Right to Build, the Bacon Review, Help to Build, the legislation review and wider policy and devolved activity. This is supported by industry insight from each of our sponsors:

  • Planning Matters – Tetlow King
  • The inspirational Graven Hill story – Graven Hill
  • Promoting sustainable lending – Ecology Building Society
  • Access to materials and labour – Richard Coles Building
  • Review of Germany’s housing market by Dan-Wood House

The report also contains a significant amount of research on the sector, including surveys that reflect the aspirations of both the general public, both those without any prior knowledge of custom and self build, as well as those with knowledge, as well as the experiences of those people who have built already. Together this forms a robust source of data to support business decisions and applications for sites.

Andrew Baddeley-Chappell, NaCSBA CEO said: “This first ever NaCSBA annual Custom and Self Build Market Report is essential reading for all those keen to access quality insight, analysis and data on the sector and on the views and aspirations of past and current self-builders, as well as those thinking of the route. It is a stark reminder of what the new homes market could and should be about – quality, sustainability, community and value.

“NaCSBA welcomes the confirmation of past and future custom and self builders commitment to MMC and sustainability. We await the government’s response to the Bacon Review’s recommendations, and the upcoming opening of Help to Build to customer applications. These, together with the promised changes to improve the Right to Build legislation, make this an important time for sector.”

Speaking at the House of Commons reception to launch the report, Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, said, “If we move all of the incentives in the right way; if you have a plan-led system that is responsive to the need to ensure that there are smaller plots, which are suitable and made available for custom and self builders; if we look at how we can support those with the initiative and the wherewithal to back Modern Methods of Construction; if we have building societies, like Ecology, that are explicitly prepared to lend to individuals, who are making sure that homes are in keeping, not just with high aesthetics, but also high environmental standards; if we create circumstances in every part of the landscape that incentivise self and custom build, then we can transform the housing market, and transform it for good.”

Set out over 100 pages, he report is available for free to NaCSBA members as a member benefit, and is also available to purchase as a hard and digital copy for £295 + £3 p+p.

Find out more, plus how to buy on the dedicated page