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Government launches red tape review

Red Tape

A review of how bureaucracy hinders house building in the UK has been launched, with roads and infrastructure rules for new housing developments a priority.

Called Cutting Red Tape, the government review aims to give small and large construction companies a say on rules they deem ineffective or over-the-top enforcement that stops them doing their job. It follows on from the work of the Housing Implementation Task Force.

Business Secretary Sajid Javid said: “This review will give house builders and smaller construction businesses a powerful voice as part of our £10bn deregulation drive. Where rules are too complicated, ineffective or poorly enforced, I want to hear about it and the government will take action. Together we can cut red tape and get Britain building.”

Roads and infrastructure rules for new housing developments have been cited as a top priority for review.

Home Builders Federation executive chairman Stewart Baseley said: “As the industry looks to drive further increases in housing supply we welcome moves to reduce unnecessary regulation and the associated costs. Aside from the planning system there are significant other regulatory processes and charges levied on the industry that can adversely affect viability, but also, critically, delay the ability of home builders to get on site and start building. Reducing red tape will bring more sites into play more quickly and so help the industry deliver more desperately needed homes in the coming years.”

The review closes for comment on 13th January 2016.

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