Building Standards

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 8th January 2007.

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Photo of Anne Snelgrove Anne Snelgrove PPS (Rt Hon Patricia Hewitt, Secretary of State), Department of Health

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has to give more powers to local authorities to impose higher building standards with regards to (a) insulation, (b) energy efficiency and (c) built-in micro-generation.

Photo of Angela Smith Angela Smith Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Communities and Local Government, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

In "Building a Greener Future", published for consultation on 13 December 2006, we set out our policy framework for moving towards zero-carbon development. In doing so, our aim is to provide certainty for the development industry and other related businesses without over-regulating the sector. With an ambitious national framework in place to strengthen building regulations, local authorities should not need to devise and impose their own detailed standards for the environmental performance of individual buildings. The draft Planning Policy Statement (PPS) on climate change, published for consultation alongside "Building a Greener Future", recognises there may be local development or site specific opportunities to justify higher levels of building performance than set out nationally. The draft PPS sets out what is expected of local planning authorities in considering and justifying any local approach.

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