The new Part G building regulations on sanitation and water efficiency have been put back by at least seven months following an 11th hour move from the EU
The amended regulations were due to come into force next month, on 1 October 2009. However it is understood the EU wrote to the UK Government with ‘serious issues’ about the regulations just days before the end of a three month consultation period. The European Commission had been sent a draft Approved Document G (Sanitation, Hot Water Safety and Water Efficiency) back in June.
The upshot is a postponement of the new building regulations until 6 April 2010 as well as a delay to the amendments to extend the scope of the ‘existing competent person scheme to types of work relating to Part G and to the revocation of a redundant provision relating to time limits for prosecution’.
Geoff Wilkinson, the AJ’s new columnist and building regulations expert explained: ’Correspondence was received at the 11th hour from the European Commission which contained representations on elements of the technical guidance.
‘As the representation relates to a serious potential barrier to trade it has the effect of creating a stand still period for a further three months, which would mean it is not be possible to bring into force “regulations” until December 2009.
‘It is understood that the Department for Communities and Local Government have decided to extend the delay further, until the traditional April changeover date, to ensure that the representations can be fully dealt with.’
He added: ‘Following on so soon after the highly criticised decision to drop consequential improvements from the Part L consultation, this decision again calls into question the UK’s Governments ability to deliver on its green agenda.’