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DCLG to hold independent review of red tape in housebuilding

Communities minister Don Foster has announced the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) is to set up an independent review into the impact of unnecessary bureaucracy and red tape on the UK's housebuilding industry.

The initiative is being carried out as part of the government's ongoing Red Tape Challenge and will examine the hundreds of standards which are applied to new homes across the UK when under construction.

It will aim to eliminate any duplicate and conflicting requirements, with the group to be made up of representatives from the DCLG and high-profile members of the construction profession.

Mr Foster commented: "The current array of different housing standards used in different parts the country is complex and counter-productive: confusing local residents, councillors and developers.

"This is why an urgent review has now started, bringing the government together with housebuilders, planners, councils and architects to establish what the unnecessary measures are that we can cut out of the system, whilst ensuring buildings are still made to exacting standards."

He added that it is the government's aim to deliver a more straightforward and easier to understand set of guidelines for UK housebuilders in order to streamline both the planning process and construction itself, with at least 3,000 individual guidelines to be examined and addressed as part of the review.

Earlier this month, a project in the West End of London was able to get underway following the removal of significant red tape that had blocked proposals in the past.

The introduction of the Growth and Infrastructure Bill has paved the way for a new £350 million project in the suburb by Land Lease that aims to create a new luxury flats complex at the former Kingsgate House site.

It is hoped that the scheme will help in the delivery of up to 2,500 jobs, as well as tackling the capital's ongoing housing crisis. 

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