As part of the Government's Red Tape Challenge a new independent group of building industry experts has been launched, tasked with simplifying the mass of rules imposed on developers and housebuilders, to make them easier to understand and follow.
Paul Watson, Society Vice-President Emeritus who sits on the panel, said '"The Challenge Panel has been set up to comment upon and challenge the work undertaken by the Housing Technical Standards Review Panel as it seeks to consolidate the current system of overlapping, conflicting and contradictory regulation and standards. The Challenge Panel is committed to rationalising the current bureaucracies of compliance into a simple standard for housing."
Paul went on to comment "However we believe the standard should uphold or improve the quality of housing and it will contest approaches and proposals which undermine the delivery of high quality places, buildings and living conditions. We intend to contest those that wish to maintain the status quo and those that seek to undermine quality and will keep all concerned, including Government, on their toes in a challenging and rational way, representing the best interests of all concenned"