Coming up in September
MPs returned to the House on 5 September, following Summer recess.
The Building Safety Bill is currently in Committee stage and several oral evidence sessions are taking place to consider the Bill. We will be following these closely, as well as submitting evidence, so please sign-up to our building safety newsletter for any update.
There are also murmurs that the long-anticipated Heating and Building Strategy will finally be published in September, however, the Strategy has been delayed several times in recent months.
If you made it this far... Building Safety Levy Consultation
The Housing, Communities and Local Government Secretary, Robert Jenrick MP (Cons) announced that the Government are introducing a levy on developers who seek regulatory permission to build certain high-rise residential buildings, also known as “Gateway 2”.
Subject to the passage of the Bill through Parliament, this levy will apply to developments in England seeking building control approval from the Building Safety Regulator to start construction of certain buildings: the “Gateway 2” stage of the new building safety regime.
The levy will sit alongside a new tax on developers in the residential property market, which is set to raise at least £2 billion over a decade towards the costs of making buildings safer. A separate consultation on the design of the residential property developer tax recently closed on 22 July 2021.
The Building Safety Levy consultation seeks views on the potential design of the levy, and evidence of possible impacts on housing supply and regeneration, and the housebuilding industry.
CIOB is planning to make a response to the consultation should we receive evidence. Should you have any views on the proposed levy, please send them to our policy team at firstname.lastname@example.org.