The RTPI welcomes the Towards More Sustainable Homes publication from the Housing Standards Review Challenge Panel. We note the Panel’s own view that the review process is not complete and a wider review taking a cross departmental approach is essential. This should build upon the Taylor Review once that is published on-line.
The development industry has a right to expect straightforward, accessible, and appropriate standards. But it is also important that councils have the freedom to innovate, for example in the manner of the Merton Rule, and to address place-specific concerns.
The RTPI will be responding to the Government’s consultation arising from the Report and in particular will wish to address the extent to which proposals:
- affect quality and sustainability
- have addressed the co-ordination of compliance processes under planning and Building Control
- consider the need/demand for above-minimum local requirements and how these might be, as suggested, “drawn up nationally” and made available as regulated.
In addition, the RTPI will consider the merit of bringing together Planning and Building Regulations in a single portal.
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