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PM's attack on red tape to help house-builders: Coalition to make it easier for homes with smaller windows and rooms to be built

  • Red tape to be cut as government seeks to build 100,000 new homes
  • Coalition is set to abolish 3,000 separate regulations, with 800 already axed
  • Regulations for bigger windows and larger room sizes to be scrapped also

David Cameron will today signal plans to slash building regulations in order to make it easier to build new homes with smaller rooms and windows.

The Prime Minister will spell out how the volumes of red tape affecting housebuilders will be cut from 100 to ten as the Government seeks to build 100,000 new homes a year.

But that means regulations imposed by some councils insisting on bigger windows and larger minimum room sizes will also be scrapped.

In total, the coalition is set to abolish 3,000 separate regulations by the time of the election next year, with 800 already axed.

Mr Cameron will say: ‘Supporting business is a crucial part of our long-term economic plan, creating jobs and security for all.

'That is why I have insisted on slashing needless regulation. We will also help housebuilders by cutting down 100 overlapping and confusing standards applied to new homes to less than ten.’

Minimum standards spelt out in building regulations, which deal with safety, energy efficiency and the minimum legal size of rooms, will remain in force. But the Department for Communities and Local Government is to tear up a long list of unofficial regulations drawn up by individual councils. Some will be standardised and others abolished altogether.

Those for the chop include rules on windows that have a ‘dirty window factor’ imposed – bigger sizes to allow for dirt to accumulate rather than assuming people will have the common sense to clean them to let more light in. It also includes rules requiring rainwater harvesting in places that do not suffer from water shortages, demands for solar and wind energy sources that cannot physically fit on to the roofs of apartment buildings, and stipulations for multiple phone lines in home offices.

In his speech, Mr Cameron will also detail how the Government is taking an axe to health and safety rules. He will say: ‘We will scrap overzealous rules which dictate how to use a ladder at work or what no-smoking signs must look like.

‘We’ve changed the law so that businesses are no longer automatically liable for an accident that isn’t their fault.


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