Despite the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM) having only come into force on 6 April 2015, they are already under review as part of the government’s Cutting Red Tape initiative for house building.
The government sought consultation from 2 December 2015 to 13 January 2016 from those involved in building homes, including developers, planners and trade associations. This call came after the government acknowledged a red tape problem with house building and therefore invited those involved in house building for any comments or grievances.
The government say the review will seek evidence on everything from planning and post planning consents, through to building houses, supply chains and the market. Areas highlighted as burdens to the industry include road infrastructure for new housing developments, environmental or ecology requirements, and regulations affecting provision of utilities. The review may also consider the changes made to CDM and opportunities to further simplify the statutory guidance which supports the Building Regulations.
The review was interested to hear if any legislation derived from EU obligations was being implemented more strictly than required, or “gold-plated”. In addition, it will look at the wider issues faced by house builders in meeting the requirements of the law.
The response gathering process closed in January 2016 and the results are expected to be published later in the year.