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New rules cannot be avoided

Your article 'Jobs hurry to avoid Part L costs' (Construction News, March 21) quotes Southwark Council's building control department as telling inquiring firms that as long as a building deposit or notice of plans is submitted before April 1 they won't need to comply with the new standards.

Sadly, this is totally incorrect and reveals how much confusion there is about the new regulations and rule changes.

In the case of a building notice, the only time the new rules won't apply is if a commencement notice has been issued and building work has begun.

In the case of the plans route, these must have been passed without conditions - something which rarely happens.

The only exception we know of is that some councils are allowing unconditional plans for partially completed phases to facilitate their completion.

The new regulations, however, are then applied to any subsequent phases. This would seem a fair compromise.

It is a incorrect to believe the new regulations can be avoided just because plans were submitted before April 1.

Ian Knight Commercial director The Cavity Insulation Guarantee Agency