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Ruling to hit new homes

NEW building regulations could lead to a 10 per cent fall in house building.

That is the warning from industry leaders following government threats to implement changes to help disabled buyers.

House Building Federation chief executive Roger Humber said: 'The government has got to balance the broad interests of first-time buyers and the health of the construction industry, with the desire to fulfil an election pledge to a disabled lobby.'

Changes could come into force in April 1999.

Mr Humber said a two-bedroom starter house would face modifications of around £3,000, including a £1,000 ground-floor lavatory.