Council leaders in London have welcomed moves to tighten up building safety standards – but say it should be backed by regulation rather than relying on good will.
In the wake of last year's devastating Grenfell Tower tragedy, the Government has announced it is creating a 'stronger and more effective regulatory framework' to improve building safety.
Communities secretary James Brokenshire said it would mean 'tougher sanctions for those who disregard residents’ safety, more rigorous standards and guidance for those undertaking building work and a stronger voice for residents'.
A new group will bring existing regulatory bodies together to work with developers and building owners, as well as seeking input from residents and tenants to develop and test new approaches that 'may later feature in legislation'.
Darren Rodwell, London Councils' executive member for housing and planning, said the plan relied on promoting best practice rather than quickly legislating to allow 'robust enforcement of safety standards.'
He said: 'The safety of our residents is the top priority for London boroughs, and building safety has to remain similarly prominent on the Government’s agenda.
'We will continue to work with the Government on this and will keep pushing for the legislative changes we believe are necessary.'
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