Cutting red tape review - House building

A red tape review has been released which aims to give housebuilders their say on "ineffective" rules and "heavy-handed enforcement" that stop them building homes.

Building on the work of the Housing Implementation Task Force, this review aims to uncover the issues that have the biggest effect on housebuilders and seeks the views of smaller firms to understand the unique pressures they face.Previously, the Housing and Construction Red Tape Challenge delivered significant reforms and led to a review of local housing standards by the Department for Communities and Local Government.
The key starting points for the review are based on the priorities raised by the Task Force:

  • roads and infrastructure rules for new housing developments
  • environmental requirements, particularly EU rules such as the Habitats Directive and wider EU environmental permit requirements
  • rules that affect utilities (such as electricity, gas and water – as well as broadband infrastructure)

The government is also keen to look at the changes made to the Construction, Design and Management Regulations, as well as any examples of EU rules that are being implemented too strictly.The new Cutting Red Tape review will look at the way the law is enforced, as well as whether the rules themselves are proportionate and fit for purpose.
Date: 13 January 2016 when the evidence gathering phase of the review will close

Author: HM Government

This item updates DCP section 7.1

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