Housing: Construction

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 4th December 2020.

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Photo of Charles Walker Charles Walker Chair, Administration Committee, Chair, Administration Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what financial requirements his Department places on housing developers in relation to meeting the costs of providing water and sewerage resources to new developments; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Rebecca Pow Rebecca Pow The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

In 2016, Defra published its ‘Water industry: guidance to Ofwat for water and sewerage connections charges’. This guidance covers the rules which Ofwat may set, about the charges that water and sewerage companies may make to developer, self-build, and self-lay customers for connections to their water and sewerage services.

The guidance ensures that Ofwat’s Charging Rules reflect the Government’s policy priorities for the water sector, which include: stable and predictable charges; transparent and customer focused charging; fairness and affordability, and environmental protection.

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