These changes permit the local planning authority to impose optional requirements, in excess of the standard requirements, if they have evidence that justifies additional requirements.
The changes also tighten up the limits on consumption of “wholesome water” in residential properties together with a number of other matters. There are also increased obligations in relation to security.
The article below sets out some of the main changes.
Building Regs changes – what you need to know On 1 October 2015 further revisions to the Building Regulations for England come into force, mainly driven by the Government’s promise to reduce the burden of regulation on business. Following the Housing Standards Review, the Code for Sustainable Homes is being abolished, and a number of requirements for sustainability and accessibility are being incorporated into Building Regulations. At the same time, national space standards for housing are being introduced (these are part of the planning system and do not form part of Building Regulations). Planning authorities will no longer be able to impose additional technical standards or performance requirements for new dwellings (although they will still be able to impose energy performance standards that exceed Part L until late 2016).