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    Housebuilding sector takes CDM Regulations 2015 in stride

    The government will leave the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015) unchanged following a review of “red tape” in the housebuilding sector.

    In December 2015, the government launched a call for evidence on the impact which regulation and the required implementation – including health and safety laws and the CDM 2015 – were having on the industry.

    The review was launched in order to ”

    “Examine whether legislation and its implementation can be simplified or improved to aid compliance and to reduce unnecessary burdens on business. It is one of a series of Cutting Red Tape reviews that aims to address issues such as overlap and duplication between regulators, or to identify instances where the legislation, guidance or the approach to implementing regulations is unclear, confusing or unnecessarily burdensome.”

    Planning, highways and utilities

    On 13 February 2017, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) released the report outlining the findings of the review which makes no mention health and safety or CDM 2015.

    The concerns of businesses which responded to the review were concentrated in areas such as planning, highways and connection to utilities. The Review Report states:

    “House builders and trade bodies in the sector told us that there were significant burdens in the sector linked to regulation and enforcement of planning and other consenting regimes. The response of industry was that these add to the overall build cost of housing units and delay the commencement of development.”

    Both large and small builders consistently raised similar issues, although small house builders tended to voice additional concerns over the proportionality of requirements at smaller development sites, as they tend not to be able to commit the same level of staff resource to regulatory and information requirements.

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