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Member Briefing: Cutting Red Tape Review of house building – cost impacts

Date: 16/02/16

Cutting Red Tape Review of house building – cost impacts

Further to the recent HBF call for evidence and submission to the Cutting Red Tape Review of house building, we have received the following request from the Cabinet Office for more information on the costs incurred in complying with regulatory regimes.

To gather this further information, the Cabinet Office has developed a focused online survey which you can access via the link in their email below. This survey seeks estimates of the cost and resource impacts of some of the regulatory issues that raised most concern in the HBF response to the call for evidence – species licensing, the use of planning conditions, water and utilities and highways.

As the survey has been designed to provide a company view, we are circulating its details to members to give you the opportunity to feed in your own experience of additional costs arising from the regulatory requirements covered in the survey questions.

We hope you will be able to help with the survey as this will add weight to the case for government action on the main areas of concern and will keep you informed of further steps on the Cutting Red Tape Review.


John Slaughter

Director of External Affairs


Email received from Cabinet Office:

Dear Sir / Madam,

As you may be aware, the Government has conducted a review to identify unnecessary regulatory barriers to growth, while ensuring necessary protections are maintained, in the house building sector.

Many thanks if you have already provided comments to our public call for evidence.

We are now looking to identify specific costs associated with regulation in the house building sector. You can help us by providing as much information as you are able about costs your business incurs while complying with regulatory regimes. 

We would appreciate if you could complete our survey here: 

The survey should take about 15-20 minutes, and closes on 26th February 2016.

Many thanks for any information you can provide, and do not hesitate to contact me should you have any questions.