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Housing Standards Review – Ministerial Statement

Published on 18 March 2014 at 22:30

Department for Communities and Local Government – Building Regulations

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (Stephen Williams): The government is today setting out a roadmap delivering a radically simplified system for setting standards in the design and construction of new homes by the end of this Parliament.  The roadmap will involve consolidating essential requirements into a national framework centred on the Building Regulations, reducing substantially the number of technical standards applying to the construction of new homes.

These changes will rationalise and simplify the many overlapping and confusing standards currently in operation.  

Taking account of the responses to the consultation, an outcome of the housing and construction red tape challenge, the Government has decided that the most sensible way forward is for any necessary technical standards as far as possible to be consolidated into the Building Regulations and the accompanying Approved Documents, and to make significant progress on this over the rest of this Parliament.