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Costly proposals 'to be scrapped'

Mon 29 Nov 2010

New building standards that could have added thousands of pounds to developers' costs will not be introduced, the housing minister has confirmed.

Grant Shapps said the move comes as part of a drive to remove the unnecessary barriers currently faced by homebuilders.

Ministers have confirmed they are content that the national building standards currently in place are enough to ensure the delivery of high quality homes and that the introduction of further requirements is not needed at this stage.

Further to this, Mr Shapps proposed that developers actively engage with local and national government over the creation of new standards that do not place unnecessary burdens on developers.

The change means that homes built with government cash on public land will not have to meet any different regulations to those built on private land. Mr Shapps added that he will work to ensure that the standards for private and public housing are the same for the long term.

Eleanor Kilminster, a partner in Winckworth Sherwood's construction department, commented: "The industry will welcome any move which reduces unnecessary regulation and cost in the current market."

This comes after the housing minister confirmed plans to reshape the Homes and Communities Agency in an effort to better serve the individual priorities of different local communities.ADNFCR-2761-ID-800260759-ADNFCR

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