building trade, cscs, cis

Bring back cis, The big firms have a strangle hold over tradesmen their one sole aim is money no real consideration for the standard of work or its employees . When local firms won contracts they cared about their work and wanted to keep it and make a good name for itself. Smaller contractors always employed youngsters you very rarely see young lads learning a trade which is bad for our industry . The last goverment invented the cscs scheme to make money ,its all about image when it should be focus on standard. the only way to get standards back up where they should be is to reintroduce the clerk of works and employ mangers who have trade experiance. I have been on jobs where a local authority or housing associaton has paid out thousends for work to be done when hand over day comes a housing officer turns up with no trade experiance to inspect and pass it and the standards have been so bad because of mangement pushing you to finsh ,if a clerk of work was to inspect the work most of it would be condemed .The big firms have become a carbon copy of the nhs to many pen pushers and managers with no knowlage of what its like to be on the tools and how jobs should be run properly .

Why is this idea important?

Bring back cis, The big firms have a strangle hold over tradesmen their one sole aim is money no real consideration for the standard of work or its employees . When local firms won contracts they cared about their work and wanted to keep it and make a good name for itself. Smaller contractors always employed youngsters you very rarely see young lads learning a trade which is bad for our industry . The last goverment invented the cscs scheme to make money ,its all about image when it should be focus on standard. the only way to get standards back up where they should be is to reintroduce the clerk of works and employ mangers who have trade experiance. I have been on jobs where a local authority or housing associaton has paid out thousends for work to be done when hand over day comes a housing officer turns up with no trade experiance to inspect and pass it and the standards have been so bad because of mangement pushing you to finsh ,if a clerk of work was to inspect the work most of it would be condemed .The big firms have become a carbon copy of the nhs to many pen pushers and managers with no knowlage of what its like to be on the tools and how jobs should be run properly .

Abolish Crown Immunity

Government has allowed Fire Safety and Building Regulation standards in public buildings to fall due to Crown Immunity. There are few sanctions that can be used to ensure compliance. Also inspection is carried out by government staff who operate different systems from the private sector and who, by definition, may not be sufficiently independant.

Why is this idea important?

Government has allowed Fire Safety and Building Regulation standards in public buildings to fall due to Crown Immunity. There are few sanctions that can be used to ensure compliance. Also inspection is carried out by government staff who operate different systems from the private sector and who, by definition, may not be sufficiently independant.

Let Owners Build Big Houses On Own Land – With Garages

If you own a piece of land you are not allowed to build a comfortable house to your own design. Government rules effectively forbid you from making the rooms large enough to be comfortable. You probably cannot build just one house either because Minimum Density Regulations mean the land only gets planning consent if it is split into two or more. And no way will you be allowed as much parking as you want. Two adults and two teens who will soon be working 20 miles away – no the PolitiKal Kommisars in most areas order a maximum of 1 parking space per household (often less, 0.8 for flats) in order to force people onto public transport. Which is fine except late at night, early in the morning, on Bank Holidays, if providing any kind of emergency response, or simply if one has back pain and cannot use badly driven busses.

Do not impose maximum standards on property owners that they cannot exceed.

Why is this idea important?

If you own a piece of land you are not allowed to build a comfortable house to your own design. Government rules effectively forbid you from making the rooms large enough to be comfortable. You probably cannot build just one house either because Minimum Density Regulations mean the land only gets planning consent if it is split into two or more. And no way will you be allowed as much parking as you want. Two adults and two teens who will soon be working 20 miles away – no the PolitiKal Kommisars in most areas order a maximum of 1 parking space per household (often less, 0.8 for flats) in order to force people onto public transport. Which is fine except late at night, early in the morning, on Bank Holidays, if providing any kind of emergency response, or simply if one has back pain and cannot use badly driven busses.

Do not impose maximum standards on property owners that they cannot exceed.

Planning Reform

Change the TCPA so that beyond specifying a usage class for land planners have no further involvement.

Most of the great buildings would never have been built under the current regime.

Why is this idea important?

Change the TCPA so that beyond specifying a usage class for land planners have no further involvement.

Most of the great buildings would never have been built under the current regime.

New Homes To Be Detached and Have Sufficient Land For Parking and Gardens

That all new houses built should be detached properties with at least enough land to park up to  three cars in the front or, better, sides, of each property. The properties should also have sufficient land for a garden of suitable size in the rear and to a lesser extent to the front of the property. The exact size of land to be a subject for consultation but at least a quarter of an acre.

Why is this idea important?

That all new houses built should be detached properties with at least enough land to park up to  three cars in the front or, better, sides, of each property. The properties should also have sufficient land for a garden of suitable size in the rear and to a lesser extent to the front of the property. The exact size of land to be a subject for consultation but at least a quarter of an acre.

Reduce VAT on improvements to that on new build

Improvements attract full rate VAT, new build only 5%.

Allow property owner to recover the difference in VAT by means of inspection by Building Control Inspector.

Why is this idea important?

Improvements attract full rate VAT, new build only 5%.

Allow property owner to recover the difference in VAT by means of inspection by Building Control Inspector.

Banning Retrospective Planning Applicatiopns

There have been many cases of abuse of the planning laws by people who develop a site without having applied to do so and who are then allowed to submit a retrospective application to the local authority. Almost everyone knows that planning laws exist yet some deliberately proceed with development knowing that they can get away with it. I suggest that the ability to apply retrospectively for such permission should be abolished and that those who abuse the planning laws should be summarily prosecuted for so doing. I further suggest that the Planning Inspectorate quango be abolished and that decisions on planning matters be made to sole prerogative of local authorities. The Planning Inspectorate has little knowledge about such sites and yet are empowered to overturn the decisions of local authorities who are in a far better position to judge whether a particular development plan is acceptable in their area.

Why is this idea important?

There have been many cases of abuse of the planning laws by people who develop a site without having applied to do so and who are then allowed to submit a retrospective application to the local authority. Almost everyone knows that planning laws exist yet some deliberately proceed with development knowing that they can get away with it. I suggest that the ability to apply retrospectively for such permission should be abolished and that those who abuse the planning laws should be summarily prosecuted for so doing. I further suggest that the Planning Inspectorate quango be abolished and that decisions on planning matters be made to sole prerogative of local authorities. The Planning Inspectorate has little knowledge about such sites and yet are empowered to overturn the decisions of local authorities who are in a far better position to judge whether a particular development plan is acceptable in their area.

Moratorium on Building Regulation part L

Have a moratorium on thermal insulation requirements. The CLG have acknowledged only 10% of new dwellings comply. In October the requirements are tightened up again. These rules are written by academics & passed to lawyers. They bear no relationship to reality – hence they are  universally  broken. 

Why is this idea important?

Have a moratorium on thermal insulation requirements. The CLG have acknowledged only 10% of new dwellings comply. In October the requirements are tightened up again. These rules are written by academics & passed to lawyers. They bear no relationship to reality – hence they are  universally  broken. 

Allow low impact development on agricultural land

There are thousands of people in the UK who would like to farm there own land but cannot afford the half million £s needed for a farm with accommodation.
 The planning laws in this area are highly outdated and make it virtually impossible to build up new small farms from bare land.

The countryside is now only for big agribusiness and a playground for the rich, so there is very little new enterprise in small scale agriculture, which is badly needed.
 
Because of the low incomes involved it is impossible to start up a small agricultural business and pay rent/mortgage on a separate home.
Small, low impact and easily removable dwellings should be allowed while (and only WHILE) the land is being used for agriculture, either business or self sufficiency, which then often grows into small business by selling surplus, providing good local produce, and providing a fulfilling employment in the countryside, which surely is good for everyone.
The British countryside has got to let go if its NIMBY attitude, or it will end up a stale, gated community.

Why is this idea important?

There are thousands of people in the UK who would like to farm there own land but cannot afford the half million £s needed for a farm with accommodation.
 The planning laws in this area are highly outdated and make it virtually impossible to build up new small farms from bare land.

The countryside is now only for big agribusiness and a playground for the rich, so there is very little new enterprise in small scale agriculture, which is badly needed.
 
Because of the low incomes involved it is impossible to start up a small agricultural business and pay rent/mortgage on a separate home.
Small, low impact and easily removable dwellings should be allowed while (and only WHILE) the land is being used for agriculture, either business or self sufficiency, which then often grows into small business by selling surplus, providing good local produce, and providing a fulfilling employment in the countryside, which surely is good for everyone.
The British countryside has got to let go if its NIMBY attitude, or it will end up a stale, gated community.

Replace Planning Permission with Zoning

Replace the current planning permission process with a zoning process. An area should be zoned and then any project which meets current building regulations and conforms to the rules of the zone e.g. light industrial etc. should be approved.

Why is this idea important?

Replace the current planning permission process with a zoning process. An area should be zoned and then any project which meets current building regulations and conforms to the rules of the zone e.g. light industrial etc. should be approved.

repeal of certain planning laws

Dear Sir,

Further to your request for suggestions for Nick Clegg, I have the following proposal.

At present any one person may object to any real or imagined nuisance from an established business by appealing to one of the many departments of local Government such as Environmental Health, Planning or Health & Safety. The Local Authority do not have to disclose the name of the objector who may well have personal grievances to air irrespective of the value of a business to any given area in terms of employment, investment and contributions to the local economy not least by way of rates.

If such an objection results in an enforcement notice the costs of bringing the action are born by the Local Authority (the tax payer) whereas the costs of defending it are born exclusively by the business so affected. Such costs, as in the case of an appeal, can be extremely detrimental to the affected business to say nothing of the waste of time and the anxiety which results.

Obviously I recognise that at times a genuine nuisance may arise. In this case I would like to suggest that complaints must first be submitted to the Parish Council or a minimum of say 25 signatures be obtained. Secondly that if unsuccessful in his or her action, the objector should bear the costs of the case.   

I think you will find a level of support for this proposal from many businesses in the U.K.

Regards JOHN GORST

Why is this idea important?

Dear Sir,

Further to your request for suggestions for Nick Clegg, I have the following proposal.

At present any one person may object to any real or imagined nuisance from an established business by appealing to one of the many departments of local Government such as Environmental Health, Planning or Health & Safety. The Local Authority do not have to disclose the name of the objector who may well have personal grievances to air irrespective of the value of a business to any given area in terms of employment, investment and contributions to the local economy not least by way of rates.

If such an objection results in an enforcement notice the costs of bringing the action are born by the Local Authority (the tax payer) whereas the costs of defending it are born exclusively by the business so affected. Such costs, as in the case of an appeal, can be extremely detrimental to the affected business to say nothing of the waste of time and the anxiety which results.

Obviously I recognise that at times a genuine nuisance may arise. In this case I would like to suggest that complaints must first be submitted to the Parish Council or a minimum of say 25 signatures be obtained. Secondly that if unsuccessful in his or her action, the objector should bear the costs of the case.   

I think you will find a level of support for this proposal from many businesses in the U.K.

Regards JOHN GORST

Remove Planning Zoning

Many other countries have laws that basically say if you own a piece of land more than Xm square, you are entitled to build a single family property. Conversely, our system is all about density – cramming as many dwellings as possible into the smallest possible space.

This favours big developers and artificially increases the price of housing by over valuing development land.

Why is this idea important?

Many other countries have laws that basically say if you own a piece of land more than Xm square, you are entitled to build a single family property. Conversely, our system is all about density – cramming as many dwellings as possible into the smallest possible space.

This favours big developers and artificially increases the price of housing by over valuing development land.

Reform building regulations

Building regulations have been left in a mess by Labour. I believe that there are three specific problems:

1. The first is to review and make sensible the requirement for building control inspection for domestic building works. These days you can do almost nothing in your own home without having to pay a lot of money for a building inspector to come and patronise you by reading at you from the rule book. There are of course times when the building inspector is needed and helpful, however their remit has been extended  far beyond common sense. 

2. The second is to alter the fee structure of the building inspectors. The current regime is simply about revenue raising for the local authority and not about value for money. The inspectors charge like architects – i.e. the cost of their visit is proportional to the amount of money you are spending on your project. If you require several visits on a small project their fees can easily run into several thousands, and can be a real burden. This is an unacceptable cost, and a symptom of over-governance.

3. Remove the penalty of committing a criminal offence by proceeding without a building control inspection. It is ridiculous to think of getting a criminal conviction for competently and safely making an alteration to your own home because you did not involve local government. This offence was most likely created to ensure work for building inspectors as part of Labour's Soviet style government job-creation project. Surely the responsibility should lie with the homeowner, as it always has done in the past. 

Why is this idea important?

Building regulations have been left in a mess by Labour. I believe that there are three specific problems:

1. The first is to review and make sensible the requirement for building control inspection for domestic building works. These days you can do almost nothing in your own home without having to pay a lot of money for a building inspector to come and patronise you by reading at you from the rule book. There are of course times when the building inspector is needed and helpful, however their remit has been extended  far beyond common sense. 

2. The second is to alter the fee structure of the building inspectors. The current regime is simply about revenue raising for the local authority and not about value for money. The inspectors charge like architects – i.e. the cost of their visit is proportional to the amount of money you are spending on your project. If you require several visits on a small project their fees can easily run into several thousands, and can be a real burden. This is an unacceptable cost, and a symptom of over-governance.

3. Remove the penalty of committing a criminal offence by proceeding without a building control inspection. It is ridiculous to think of getting a criminal conviction for competently and safely making an alteration to your own home because you did not involve local government. This offence was most likely created to ensure work for building inspectors as part of Labour's Soviet style government job-creation project. Surely the responsibility should lie with the homeowner, as it always has done in the past. 

Ease the Planning route for recovery

I am professionally involved with the built environment and have, like many others observed the decline in the economic benefits of an active building industry, which is one of the few productive industries that the UK has.

When the recovery starts to take place, we anticipate that many developers will be looking to submit new applications and try to get projects moving but will be hitting brick walls when dealing with planning issues and getting schemes approved.

We need to have a proactive, co-operative Planning system that can process applications quickly so that the industry can start moving and generating income, let alone quality schemes.

Although the 8 week rule applies we have found even getting pre-app discussions and conditions approved can double that time period.

Why is this idea important?

I am professionally involved with the built environment and have, like many others observed the decline in the economic benefits of an active building industry, which is one of the few productive industries that the UK has.

When the recovery starts to take place, we anticipate that many developers will be looking to submit new applications and try to get projects moving but will be hitting brick walls when dealing with planning issues and getting schemes approved.

We need to have a proactive, co-operative Planning system that can process applications quickly so that the industry can start moving and generating income, let alone quality schemes.

Although the 8 week rule applies we have found even getting pre-app discussions and conditions approved can double that time period.

Change restrictive planning laws that constrict housing supply

People are in poverty because the cost of living relative to income is too high.

The single biggest cost of living is housing.

To bring down housing costs, you have to build to meet rising demand, and build cost effectively.

The biggest cost of building is usually the land which is only in short supply due to highly restrictive and conservative planning regulations.

Why is this idea important?

People are in poverty because the cost of living relative to income is too high.

The single biggest cost of living is housing.

To bring down housing costs, you have to build to meet rising demand, and build cost effectively.

The biggest cost of building is usually the land which is only in short supply due to highly restrictive and conservative planning regulations.

retrospective planning law

get rid retrospective planning law as it is is not needed.Everyone needs planning permission before starting on their project. There should be  more planning officers provided so that the time taken by them to give a reply to application is decreased.

Why is this idea important?

get rid retrospective planning law as it is is not needed.Everyone needs planning permission before starting on their project. There should be  more planning officers provided so that the time taken by them to give a reply to application is decreased.

Simplify planning regulations for private housing

We recently planned to take a chimney breast out of a room – no chimney, only the residual breast.

we required:

1. A builder – necessary

2. A structural engineer – possibly necessary. 1 Degree, large salary.

3. An architect – only necessary because the engineer couldn't get the "necessary" permissions. Another Degree.

4. Building Consent. Local Authority: A reasonably well paid person with, one assumes, yet another Degree.

5. Planning Officer: see above.

6. Listed Building officer: see above.

That's 5 Degrees for one RSJ.

Whilst major projects should be regulated to avoid shoddy development, small works could be deregulated and the areas of operation of Officers 4,5, and 6 above amalgamated into one.

Idea: Reduce the level at which regulation becomes necessary, to cover major works only.

Why is this idea important?

We recently planned to take a chimney breast out of a room – no chimney, only the residual breast.

we required:

1. A builder – necessary

2. A structural engineer – possibly necessary. 1 Degree, large salary.

3. An architect – only necessary because the engineer couldn't get the "necessary" permissions. Another Degree.

4. Building Consent. Local Authority: A reasonably well paid person with, one assumes, yet another Degree.

5. Planning Officer: see above.

6. Listed Building officer: see above.

That's 5 Degrees for one RSJ.

Whilst major projects should be regulated to avoid shoddy development, small works could be deregulated and the areas of operation of Officers 4,5, and 6 above amalgamated into one.

Idea: Reduce the level at which regulation becomes necessary, to cover major works only.