Archive for October, 2013

Housing Standards Review

The need for more housing is constantly in the news.  However, as the Department for Communities and Local Government comments in its Housing Standards Review, the “house building process is difficult in itself, but it is not assisted by the large and complex range of local and national standards, rules, and Codes that any developer has to wade through before they can start building”.

The Department recognises the importance of local aspirations and innovation but comments that it can lead to complex and overlapping standards being adopted by different local authorities and these can, says the Department “contradict each other or even parts of the national Building Regulations”.

The Review, the geographical scope of which relates only to England, was launched in October 2012 following the Government’s Red Tape Challenge on housing and construction introduced in the spring of 2012 and the establishment of an examining group, chaired by Sir John Harman, which reported in June 2012.  It looked at accessibility, space, security, water efficiency, energy, indoor environmental standards, materials, process and compliance.  Public consultation on the findings opened in August 2013  and closed on 22 October.  The aim of the consultation was to seek views on the reform of building regulations, guidance, local codes and standards which, it is hoped, will reduce bureaucracy and costs for house builders.

The resulting feedback is presently being analysed and the Government has promised that the outcome can be viewed ‘soon‘.  So, keep an eye on Hatherleigh Training’s future news letters.