26 Oct '12, 10pm

For an in-depth view of the building regs review story from our CEO Paul King, read his blog post here:

Last year Sir John Harman was asked to lead a review of housing viability and standards. His report concluded that if we load too many things on to the cost of building new houses it will cease to be viable for developers to build them and make the requisite profit. It also concluded that a plethora of locally applied standards was ripe for review and rationalisation to remove duplication, contradiction and the burden that these things result in. So far, fair comment. The Government had dragged its heels in taking forward Harman's recommendations. It's had other things on its mind - such as the most comprehensive upheaval in the planning system since the Town & Country Planning Act, and a Red Tape Review seeking out burdensome regulation wherever it may hide. And suddenly it has surfaced with the post-Harman review of standards. But rather than being content to take forwar...

Full article: http://www.ukgbc.org/opinion/deregulation-any-price

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