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Date: 23/8/2013

The members' e-bulletin for August 2013 is now available in the Library: to vew click here

  • Extract:

... Breaking News ....

... the government has said it is minded to create a set of 'nationally described standards' for housebuilding which would be set out in a new planning policy statement to limit the amount of housing standards imposed by councils on builders.

A consultation, published today, proposes changes to how areas including accessibility, space standards, security, water efficiency and energy efficiency are dealt with through building regulations and planning regulations.

It says that the changes proposed would be a "radical reform of the framework of building regulations, guidance, local codes and standards which aimed to reduce bureaucracy and costs on housebuilders - supporting growth whilst delivering quality, sustainability, safety and accessibility". 

The document says the government said it is "minded at this stage to group the standards proposed in this consultation into a simple, short, 'nationally described standards' document that will reduce cost and complexity for housebuilders".

It says that these standards would be imposed on dwellings, by a condition on a planning permission. 

The consultation closes on 22nd October.

  • Read the Society news release
  • For more on further guidance see the Development Management item below
  • Note: the new suite of guidance from DCLG is believed to be available very soon. Baroness Hanham, the parliamentary under-secretary of state for DCLG, told the Lords: "The web-based resource for Government Planning Practice Guidance ... will be launched in beta test mode for comment this August."
 >> read the consultation document

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