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Housing industry divided on building regulations

Mon 29 Apr 2013

Housing industry officials have been unable to reach an agreement on what house building standards should be put in place.

According to Inside Housing, leaders of trade bodies sitting on a government review panel are divided on issues such as the extent to which certain standards should be applied.

For instance, the Home Builders Federation opposes the idea of enforcing tougher building standards on developers of all types of housing, while the National Housing Federation is in favour of this approach.

Furthermore, opinion is divided on whether the national minimum space standards that social housing stock has to meet should be applied on a wider basis.

The government hopes the outcome of the panel's talks will help to create a system that is less complex and more cost-effective.

Any proposed building standards would then be put up for consultation, so other stakeholders and interested parties would have a chance to express their views as well.

For further information on any of the points raised in this article please contact Eleanor Kilminster in our Construction Team.

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