Government launches fresh housebuilding 'red tape' review

The government has launched a review of 'ineffective rules and heavy-handed enforcement' which it says prevent new homes being built.

New homes: fresh 'red tape' initiative to boost delivery
New homes: fresh 'red tape' initiative to boost delivery

A government statement said that the Cutting Red Tape review, launched today, would be led by the Cabinet Office, the Department for Communities and Local Government, the Department for Business Innovation and Skills, working with other government departments and regulators, "to identify and remove unnecessary regulatory barriers to growth and associated costs to the house building sector, while ensuring necessary protections are maintained."

Building on the work of its Housing Implementation Task Force, set up earlier this year, the government said that the review "will seek evidence on everything from planning and post planning consents, through to building houses, supply chains and the market."

"Issues that the Housing Implementation Taskforce has initially identified as burdens to the industry include road infrastructure for new housing developments, environmental or ecology requirements, and regulations affecting provision of utilities".

These issues would be a "starting point" for the review, the statement said.

The government said that the review would "capture the experiences of all those involved in building homes, including developers, planners and trade associations."

The review closes for comment on 13 January 2016.

The review follows other moves to cut regulations, including the Red Tape Challenge on planning administration which was launched in 2013.

The Cutting Red Tape review can be found here. 

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