Coalition Government throws local control over building standards onto its Bonfire of regulations

As a result of the Coalition government’s bonfire of regulations, earlier this year Councils lost an important right to specify higher energy efficiency standards.

For a government committed to a localising agenda, this is odd.

The House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee criticised this proposal last November, but the Coalition Government turned a deaf ear and went ahead with it.

This coincided with the Coalition government’s decision to wind down the Code for Sustainable Homes. Continue reading