How to navigate the building regulations

Self-builds and major renovations must comply with basic safety and efficiency standards. Andy Butchers gives his top tips on how to ensure you get the requisite approvals in place.

The Building Regulations are minimum standards governing the design, construction and alteration of virtually any type of structure – whether new-build, renovation, domestic, commercial or
otherwise. The regs are administered by building control bodies, which could be the local authority or a private-sector approved inspector, licensed by the Construction Industry Council.

They first came about after the Great Fire of London with a view to improving fire safety in the capital. They have been repeatedly updated since. National standards were first published in 1965.
The Building Act 1984 then went on to introduce Approved Documents (which set out routes to compliance), while the current Building Regulations came about in 2010, with subsequent tweaks.

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Sennocke provide facility for Japanese Knotweed Remediation companies

As an extension of the Build-Zone Warranty business, Sennocke have negotiated a Lloyd’s Insurance Backed Guarantee (IBG) facility for Japanese Knotweed Remediation companies without the need to have expensive membership of any association.

Japanese Knotweed

Japanese Knotweed is one of the major problems facing Developers and Builders currently. Many Lenders will not offer financial loans on properties or developments with Japanese Knotweed or a history of the plant. This has seriously affected the market… until now.

The most important aspect to consider when providing IBG’s is the financial stability and security of the Insurers themselves. Sennocke is working with some of the best Japanese Knotweed removal companies to guarantee the removal for up to 10 years by providing a IBG backed by Lloyd’s of London. 

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A busy month for Construction and Property in the UK

The Self-Build Zone and Build Zone teams have had a jam-packed October, visiting shows across the country. We have had representatives present at some of our favourite shows this month and would like to encourage our readers to remember to add them to your diary next year!

construction shows

We kicked October off with UK Construction Week, UK Construction Week is the UK’s largest construction trade event. It took place at the Birmingham NEC from 10 -12th October 2017. This event unites over 650 exhibitors with an audience of over 35,000 trade visitors.

UK Construction Week celebrates an exciting and dynamic industry, offering visitors and exhibitors a place to network, debate and discover innovation.

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NaCSBA’s 10-Point Plan Boosts Self-Build

Despite the impending challenge of negotiating a Brexit deal, the issue of housing will undoubtedly remain a key issue for the next government.

NaCSBA’s 10-Point Plan Boosts Self-Build

Even though there have been many calls to boost the number of new homes in the UK to 200,000 per year, actual numbers are still falling well short of this. There remains a severe shortage of housing, not least at the affordable end of the price spectrum.

Last week I wrote about the FMB’s plan, addressing how the next government can grow the number of dwellings built annually. Now the National Custom and Self-Build Association (NaCSBA) is eager to ensure the issue remains at the forefront of national policy with their manifesto of 10 key points that can help enable a significant boost to self and custom build. Central to their proposal is the need to tackle the two biggest obstacles to one-off projects – finding land and getting planning permission.

NaCSBA are also keen to raise the public profile of the Right to Build scheme, which has the potential to force the hand of local authorities throughout England in providing more serviced plots, but only if there is sufficient awareness of it amongst those interested in self-building.

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Alok Sharma opens UK’s first ‘plot shop’ for self and custom-build homes

The UK’s first-ever ‘plot shop’ has been officially opened in the town of Bicester in Oxfordshire by the housing and planning minister Alok Sharma.

self- and custom-build homes

The plot shop is located on the high street and the outlet will sell plots of land on the Graven Hill site in Oxfordshire to those who wish to build their own home.

The Graven Hill development is set to be the largest of its kind in the UK, delivering up to 1,900 new self- and custom-build homes.

The plot shop promises to pioneer custom- and self-build as a mainstream choice for aspiring homeowners.

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