Construction: Materials

Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities written question – answered on 23rd June 2022.

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Photo of Daisy Cooper Daisy Cooper Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Health and Social Care)

To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, when he intends to issue further restrictions on the use of combustible materials on buildings above 11 metres in height.

Photo of Stuart Andrew Stuart Andrew Assistant Whip, Minister of State (Minister for Housing)

In 2018 the Government banned the use of combustible materials in and on the external walls of blocks of flats, hospitals, and student accommodation more than 18 metres in height, with a commitment to review the ban's effectiveness annually. Following the 2019 review, we consulted on proposals to amend it. The Government response to this consultation, published on 1 June 2022, took the proportionate approach of keeping the outright ban for buildings over 18 metres while introducing statutory guidance for buildings between 11 metres and 18 metres.

We will continue to review and monitor the ban.

The consultation as well as the Government response to it is available here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/review-of-the-ban-on-the-use-of-combustible-materials-in-and-on-the-external-walls-of-buildings

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