The Custom and Self Build Expo Scotland: Unlocking the potential of Custom and Self-Build housing is coming to Glasgow on the 20 June 2018.

The partnership of NaCSBA, Wood for Good and the Right to Build Task Force, is hosting The Custom and Self Build Expo, Scotland: Unlocking the potential of Custom and Self-Build. This latest Expo will bring together leading influencers in the Custom Build, Self Build and community-led housing sector in Scotland, sharing the latest news and information on the sector.

The Custom and Self Build Expo, Scotland will share Scotland’s progress with customer-commissioned housing, and the country is developing interesting and innovative approaches in place of the Right to Build legislation and registers, which only operate in England. Consequently, its approach is different, involving a range of pilot schemes and funds to test the models.

Previous Expos have been enthusiastically received, providing an incredibly affordable expert insight into the challenges and best practice of the sector. Most notably, they are an invaluable and cost effective opportunity for local authorities to network and share their experiences of diversifying housing supply.

The Right to Build Task Force’s has a duty to grow Custom, Self Build and community-led housing across the UK, and theCustom and Self Build Expo, Scotland is an opportunity to share its progress.

Previous expos have seen a diverse mix of developers, planners, housing teams, landowners, community groups, financiers and share their knowledge.

The Expos are also helpful for local authorities to establish ways of assessing demand for customer-commissioned houses. Last October, NaCSBA announced that, in England, there are 33,000 people signed up to the registers.

Custom and Self Build Expo, Scotland


Michael Holmes, NaCSBA chair (and on behalf of Wood for Good)

Patrick Flynn, Head of Housing and Regeneration, Glasgow City Council

Session 1: Supporting Custom and Self Build housing in Scotland

Mario Wolf, Task Force Director – The Right to Build Task Force: Supporting Custom & Self Build delivery in the UK and models for delivery

Gary Watt, Development Director Igloo Regeneration & Angela Doran, Self Build Co-ordinator, Glasgow City Council – The Custom and Self Build scene in Glasgow

Matt Bridgestock, John Gilbert Architects – Learning from Balmaha and Dumfries and Galloway SPZ (Special Planning Zone)

Discussion with the audience on opportunities to support Custom and Self-build housing in Scotland

Session 2: Why support Custom and Self Build housing

Scaling up Custom and Self Build provision through Scottish Government initiatives

Session 3: Facilitating the release of building plots and mortgage availability

Working with enablers – discussion with local authorities enabling self build – Glasgow City Council (Angela Doran), North Ayrshire (tbc), Mike Staples – Dumfries & Galloway Small Communities Housing Trust and Frazer McLachlan – Econekt

Ronnie MacRae, Chief Executive Officer, The Highlands Small Communities Housing Trust – HSCHT and funding support for self build projects in Scotland

Rachel Pyne, Director, BuildStore – Mortgage availability


Session 1: Co-Housing and Collective Self Build – discussion/interview

14:30 Kiko Kobayashi and Petra Biberbach –  The growing movement of co-housing and benefits of collective self build –  with contributions from Edinburgh student housing Coop and Ploughshare.

Session 2/3: Delivery Masterclasses
  • Assessing demand for Custom and Self Build housing, Mario Wolf
  • Mortgage and finance availability, Raymond Connor, BuildStore
  • How to facilitate building plots – (facilitator TBC)
  • Planning for Custom and Self Build housing, Petra Biberbach, Chief Executive, Planning Aid Scotland
  • Facilitating Co-Housing projects, Akiko Kobayashi and Steven Tolson, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Scotland)
  • A collective self build case study – John Kinsley and Malcolm Fraser
Session 4: Kick-Starting your Right to Build project

Take-away messages and first-steps

The event is at The Lighthouse, Glasgow. Tickets are available from Eventbrite and cost £40, or £20 for local authories. Wood for Good supporters, current NaCSBA members (but not Self Build Portal users) and registered/established community groups qualify for free entry.

Click here to book tickets. 

*Speakers are subject to change.

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