Following a consultation exercise conducted by The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) last year, which sought views on the results of a review of local housing standards, the government has announced that it will move all necessary local housing standards into Building Regulations this year.
The resulting Housing Standards Review proposes a radical reform of the framework of building regulations, guidance, local codes and discretionary technical housing standards currently applied to new housing through the planning system. Its aim is to reduce bureaucracy, homebuilders’ costs and encourage housing starts, while delivering quality, sustainability, safety and accessibility.
The highest profile casualty, the process of simplifying many of the confusing standards currently in operation, will be the environmentally focused Code for Sustainable Homes. The government has confirmed that the Code is due to be phased out and its sustainability guidance measures will find their way into Building Regulations.
By David Mote