High Rise Flats: Insulation

Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities written question – answered at on 17 May 2024.

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Photo of Mike Amesbury Mike Amesbury Shadow Minister (Levelling Up, Housing, Communities and Local Government)

To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, with reference to his Department's publication entitled Building Safety Remediation: monthly data release - March 2024, published on 18 April 2024, for what reason the number of buildings assessed and found to require remediation has decreased compared to the quarterly report for (a) Crest Nicholson and (b) McCarthy and Stone.

Photo of Mike Amesbury Mike Amesbury Shadow Minister (Levelling Up, Housing, Communities and Local Government)

To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, with reference to his Department's publication entitled Building Safety Remediation: monthly data release - March 2024, published on 18 April 2024, whether his Department has made an assessment of the adequacy of the pace of building assessments conducted by (a) Bellway, (b) Crest Nicholson and (c) Taylor Wimpey.

Photo of Mike Amesbury Mike Amesbury Shadow Minister (Levelling Up, Housing, Communities and Local Government)

To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, with reference to his Department's Building Safety Remediation: monthly data release, updated on 18 April 2024, for what reason London Square Development (Holdings) Limited has no start dates planned for the remediation of its buildings.

Photo of Lee Rowley Lee Rowley Minister of State (Minister for Housing)

In our most recent publication, the department provided guidance that a building is only defined as requiring remediation if a work assessment has been completed. We understand there may be other buildings requiring remediation, and we are urgently requesting that buildings complete these work assessments. Should they determine work is required, future statistical releases will reflect that.

We expect developers to remediate the buildings for which they are contractually responsible as quickly as reasonably practicable, in line with the terms of the developer remediation contract. The time it may reasonably take to assess buildings will vary depending on factors including when third parties grant the developer access to the building and how the developer prioritises work to assess buildings across its portfolio, taking into account the relative safety risk likely to be associated with each building.

The department meets with developers regularly and closely monitors the performance of each developer against its contractual obligations, including progress on assessments. The developer remediation contract and the Government’s statutory Responsible Actors Scheme mean that developers face significant consequences if they fail to comply with their contractual obligations.

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