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Building Regulations (Thermal Insulation)

Volume 403: debated on Tuesday 8 April 2003

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To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to clarify the advice contained in Annex C paragraphs C37/40/44/49/50 of the Planning Policy Guidance in respect of replacement of fenestration in listed buildings to take account of the self certification provisions within the April 2002 revision to Building Regulations relating to thermal insulation; and if he will make a statement. [105840]

English Heritage has produced an interim guidance note on the considerations that should be taken into account in the implementation of the Building Regulations Approved Document Part L, "Conservation of Fuel and Power", as it affects historic buildings.In line with the commitment in the Planning Statement, "Sustainable Communities: Delivering Through Planning", the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister intends to review existing planning policy guidance, including that contained in Planning Policy Guidance 15, "Planning and the Historic Environment". The review will enable us to consider regulatory and other changes affecting the historic environment that have been introduced since PPG 15 was issued in September 1994 and to consider the extent to which these should be reflected in updated guidance. The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister aims to publish draft revised guidance later this year for public consultation and this will provide the opportunity for representations to be made.