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NaCSBA News October 2019

Welcome to the latest edition of NaCSBA News, bringing NaCSBA members up to date with news, information and events. As a group we rely on our members, so it's important that we communicate what we're doing to improve the sector, and create opportunities for your business.
The Executive Committee, NaCSBA
Dear NaCSBA Member,

Here at NaCSBA we are excited to have reached Right to Build Day on 30 October, the date when local authorities in England need to prove that they have delivered on the first year of the Right to Build legislation. It is great seeing the impact of the changes that NaCSBA has made to the sector. We will be tracking activity around the Right to Build and sharing our findings, and making sure that the Government is also on the case.
But making change is hard, not least given how stuck in a rut the current market is and the scale of the established players. NaCSBA operates on a yearly budget similar to the profit that Persimmon makes every hour, and we rely almost exclusively on money from our members to help us to help you. So we would like to thank you for helping us to bring about change.

We are always keen to hear from our members about what more we can do to support you, be it to highlight your successes or help drive change where needed.  

 Andrew Baddeley-Chappell, CEO, NaCSBA

NaCSBA news

Right to Build Day is the start of the next phase!

 NEWS  Right to Build Day is here, and NaCSBA will begin the process of finding out how many authorities have permissioned sufficient plots for those that signed up to the Right to Build registers in their first year of existence. NaCSBA will be checking to see how many of the 18,000 plots have actually progressed. But we need to ensure that those interested in self building keep signing up to their local Self Build Registers, to ensure they remain robust and reliable.

Final call - please spread the word...

There's one month left for your customers and contacts to fill out our VAT Survey, another crucial piece of research to help drive sector growth. The survey closes end of November - so please make one last push!
Alternatively, forward this link to anyone you know who has self built in the last five years:

Build It's Self Build Education House opens its doors

 NEWS   A new resource for would-be Self Builders has been launched at Graven Hill, guiding people through the entire build process, and linking decision making with costs. As well as an educational resource the house will become a core sales office for Graven Hill. 

Over half of authorities include Self Build in local plans

 NEWS   The Right to Build Task Force has analysed all local plans in England to assess their Custom and Self Build content. As well as finding that over half now have active support, it also has highlighted dominant models for provision, some of which are starting to emerge as good practice.  

Over half SME house builders built a self build home in 2019

 NEWS   The Federation of Master Builders 2019 House Builders Survey has established an important link between Custom and Self Build and the work stream of SME House Builders, with over half having built an owner-commissioned home in the last year.

Right to Build Task Force on stage at Homes UK

 NEWS   Homes UK returns on 27-28 November sharing innovation across the entire UK house building industry. Task Force Director Mario Wolf will be on stage on the 28th to share his vision of what Custom and Self Build can deliver as part of a wider housing strategy mix. 

Demand for new homes falls

 NEWS   The Federation of Master Builders has reported that demand for new homes had fallen by 8%, to its lowest level in five years. It attributes this mostly to the jitters around Brexit and the dampening effect it has had on consumer confidences, despite the fact that barriers facing SME house builders are easing. 

Self Build Portal: Send us your case studies

 FOR CONSUMERS  Please send us your news and help market your company to new customers. We'd especially love more case studies to inspire members. Click on the picture to download the brief and instructions. We're keen to hear about unusual projects, custom builds or community-led designs. Or email us instead.

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