UK Goverment Sets out Build Back Better
26 May 21
The UK Government has set out its legislative programme for the next Parliament, which includes bills covering planning, building safety, public procurement along with the next stage of construction of HS2.
The key theme of the new legislative programme is Boris Johnson’s ‘Build Back..’ initiatives, with promises to build back better, greener, stronger and safer. Most of the proposed legislation has been delayed due to the Coronavirus pandemic, but the cost of dealing with the virus has added to the need to build back.
The Planning Bill is the Government’s long-discussed drive to help simplify the planning system to help developers and get more homes built, as well as helping with infrastructure. Local authorities will have the ability to designate land according to three bands, each of which has different planning status.
The Building Safety Bill, if it is passed, will enact recommendations from the Hackitt Report, commissioned in the wake of Grenfell. It will establish the Building Safety Regulator and a New Homes Ombudsman and will introduce a levy on developers of tall buildings to pay for the removal of unsafe cladding.
The Procurement Bill has been designed to simplify procurement in the public sector now that the UK has left the European Union and is no longer subject to EU public procurement directives. Its introduction will see it become easier for public bodes to give contracts to preferred suppliers, regardless of price. The UK Government promises that everything will be simpler and more transparent than is currently the case.
The High Speed Rail (Crewe-Manchester) Bill will, assuming MPs continue to back the project, provide the powers to build and operate the next stage of the HS2 network from Crewe to Manchester. However, there was no mention of the planned leg to Leeds.
If you would like to read more stories like this, then please click here
- Work Starts at Bromsgrove Crematorium
17 Jun 21
Stepnell has started work on a new multimillion-pound crematorium in the West Midlands, Waseley Hills
- Aggregate Wins £200m PWDR Scheme
15 Jun 21
Aggregate Industries’ has won, and begun work on, the contract to construct the new Preston
- Schneider Explores Buildings of the Future
11 Jun 21
Schneider Electric has launched its ‘Buildings of the Future’ series as part of its ‘Digital
- Graven Hill Embraces Future of Building
22 Jun 21
At Graven Hill near Bicester, Oxfordshire, one third of self-build homes constructed between 2018 and
- ForrestBrown Warns Against Scam Letters
22 Jun 21
Those with businesses in the construction and engineering sector who are applying for R&D tax
- Willmott Dixon Chosen for £25.6m Schemes
22 Jun 21
Willmott Dixon has been appointed to deliver Kensington & Chelsea Council’s ambitious New Homes Delivery
- Gammon Construction Partners With 3D Repo
21 Jun 21
Gammon Construction Limited and 3D Repo have formed a strategic partnership for Building Information Modelling
- Sustainable Supply Chain Legislation Should be Introduced
21 Jun 21
A panel of industry experts gathered last month, May 2021, to discuss how the construction
- InEight and Microsoft Launch Construction 365
18 Jun 21
InEight has announced a strategic integration with Microsoft Dynamics 365 to deliver Construction 365, a