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'Housing quality will not be sacrificed in regs overhaul', vows von Bradsky

A leading member of the independent panel looking at how to cut ‘confusing’ red tape for housebuilders has pledged to protect design quality

The promise by PRP chairman Andy von Bradsky, one of four experts on the Challenge Panel charged with simplifying ‘the mass of rules imposed on developers and housebuilders’, comes just days after the AJ launched its More Homes, Better Campaign.

The housing expert said: ‘[The panel] is committed to rationalising the current bureaucracies of compliance into a simple standard for housing.

‘However we believe the standard should uphold or improve the quality of housing and it will contest approaches and proposals which undermine the delivery of high quality places, buildings and living conditions.’

We intend to contest those that wish to maintain the status quo and those that seek to undermine quality

He added: ‘We intend to contest those that wish to maintain the status quo and those that seek to undermine quality and will keep all concerned, including Government, on their toes in a challenging and rational way, representing the best interests of the industry.’

The panel will report in the spring 2013 on how best to ‘consolidate the current system of overlapping, conflicting and contradictory regulation and standards.’

Last week communities minister Don Foster, who officially launched the independent review, insisted that, contrary to some initial fears, essential safety and accessibility protections would remain untouched in the shake-up.

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