Planning Policy Statement (PPS3) “Housing”, published on 29 November, places a new emphasis on family homes. For the first time the planning system will be required to consider the housing needs of children, including gardens, play areas and green spaces. Local planning authorities will have more ability to promote mixed communities and to ensure larger homes are being developed alongside flats and smaller homes.
All new housing developments are subject to building control but, as a fully devolved service under the Building Act 1984, no central records are kept of building control inspections by either local authorities or approved inspectors. This avoids imposing undue information burdens on local authorities.
As building control is a fully devolved service under the Building Act 1984, the Department for Communities and Local Government does not formally monitor the quality of building inspections. However, the Department has supported work by the building control industry to update the Building Control Performance Standards Handbook and the introduction of associated performance indicators, both launched in June 2006.
No assessment has been made.