The Housing Minister, Grant Shapps MP, has announced that he is scrapping new proposals that could have cost developers thousands of pounds extra to build new homes, and pledged an overhaul of existing building standards that make it hard for developers to complete their projects. The Minister confirmed that the Government will not introduce a new set of building standards that were proposed for many of the homes built with Government funding or on public sector land, which would have cost developers an extra £8,000 for every home. The Government believes that the national building standards are sufficient to deliver high quality homes, and that it is an unfair and unnecessary expense for developers to require additional building standards for public build, at a time when the country desperately needs to build more homes.
The Minister has also pledged to end the ‘alphabet soup’ of local building standards and red tape that blight efforts to get developments started, and sweep away the bureaucratic assessment regimes that accompany them. He has invited the industry to come forward and help develop a new system for local standards so new development meets the needs of local communities, without placing an unnecessary strain on developers.