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Tories to abolish building regulations

The Tories are set to replace current Building Regulations regime with ‘non-prescriptive standards’, a senior figure has revealed.

John Gummer MP told Architect’s Journal that the party intends to revolutionise the regulatory regime for architecture by abolishing Building Regulations and replacing them with a simple set of ‘non-prescriptive outcome-based standards’, aimed at delivering zero-carbon housing.

The chairman of the party’s Quality of Life policy group, John Gummer MP, who came up with the proposals, said the Tories would introduce a bill that would include changes to Building Regulations early in the next parliamentary session, should they win the general election.

‘We would abolish Building Regulations because, at the moment, we have very prescriptive standards, which tell you how to do things,’ Gummer told the AJ.

‘We think that they should be changed to outcomes that tell you the standard to achieve, but not how you do it. The current Building Regulations are based on techniques rooted in the past.