National Custom and Self Build Week

Running since 2013, National Custom and Self Build Week is a chance to share expertise and know-how and promote the sector to consumers. It’s a chance to celebrate success while introducing more people to the benefits of creating your dream home, whether through Custom Build, Self-build or community-led housing.
Traditionally, it runs in May to coincide with Grand Designs Live in London.

The week is an opportunity for people to find out more about pursuing their ambition of building a home that reflects their needs and choices through working with a Custom Build developer or local housebuilder, or managing a Self Build project by themselves or as part of a group.

One of the key aims of the initiative is to help more people understand the many ways it is now possible to get a new home built. This could be from buying a plot and commissioning a bespoke new home, as popularised by C4’s Grand Designs, through to DIY Self Build or working together with members of the local community to build affordable homes for shared ownership or rent.

Right to Build Registers

A key outcome for National Custom and Self Build Week is getting more people signed up to the Right to Build Registers. This is one of NaCSBA’s core objectives, as the registers are a vital source of demand for anyone wanting to have some input into the design of their own home.

The Right to Build requires all councils to maintain a register of individual and groups of individuals who want to build their own home. It places a duty on them to grant sufficient development permissions for serviced building plots to meet demand on a rolling three-year basis. By the end of the first full year base period NaCSBA’s research revealed that 33,000 individuals had signed up to express their interest in buying a plot

The Right to Build Portal is a free site links people to their local registers, which is crucial to support councils as they work to provision sufficient plots for building.

Right to Build Portal

National Custom and Self Build Week 2019

Events are yet to be announced for National Custom and Self Build Week for 2019 – but if you’ve got any ideas we’d love to hear from you. This could be an event, a factory open day, a site visit or a course – or anything!
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2018 National Custom and Self Build Week

2018’s National Custom and Self Build Week ran from 7-13 May with a series of events celebrating Custom and Self Build as a route to building your dream home.

2018’s activity included events at Grand Designs Live, The National Self Build & Renovation Show and Graven Hill for consumers, as well as the Right to Build Expo, London: Unlocking the Potential of Custom and Self Build Housing for sector professionals.

National Custom and Self Build Week news archive

National Custom & Self Build Week 2018

National Custom & Self Build Week 2017

National Custom & Self Build Week 2016

National Custom & Self Build Week 2015