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Planning Portal announces support for ‘100% Hackitt’ initiative

by on November 28, 2018

Following the initiative’s parliamentary launch in October, the Planning Portal are proud to announce support for Local Authority Building Control (LABC) and British Board of Agrément’s (BBA) ‘100% Hackitt’ campaign.

LABC and BBA have taken the bold but necessary step of fully backing Dame Judith Hackitt’s review of the Building Regulations, urging the government to adopt all 53 of the recommendations made in the report.

The Hackitt review was published in May, following the fire at Grenfell Tower in June 2017 which resulted in the deaths of 72 people. The review seeks to pinpoint legislative and real-world inadequacies within the sector which allowed the tragedy to unfold the way it did. The report particularly focuses on fire safety and proposes a list of improvements which, if implemented in full, will prevent similar tragedies from occurring in the future.

The ‘100% Hackitt’ campaign aims to provide a platform for industry professionals, many of whom are already working towards systematic change in their own capacities, to discuss cross-sector issues and offer support and advice. At the same time, the initiative aims to keep pressure on the government to adopt Hackitt’s recommendations in full.

The ‘100% Hackitt’ launch was attended by over 70 leading figures from industry and Westminster and has received overwhelming support so far, demonstrating a wide consensus for radical change.

To us, backing this initiative made perfect sense. At the Planning Portal, we pride ourselves on being involved in the most important conversations taking place within our sector. We want to positively contribute to the future of the industry and that includes doing what we can to ensure the buildings people live and work in are fundamentally safe.

You can find out more about the ‘100% Hackitt’ initiative and show your support by visiting their dedicated website.

UPDATE: On 29 November 2018, the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government – James Brokenshire – released a written statement confirming that combustible materials will be banned on the external walls of new buildings over 18 meters high. The ban will apply to residential buildings, hospitals, residential care premises, dormitories and student accommodation.

Brokenshire also used the statement to announce that the Government will provide support to Authorities, so they can carry out remedial work on privately owned buildings where aluminium composite material (ACM) cladding is still present, if owners have not begun the process of removing it. Where financial support is provided, councils will recover the cost from landlords.

Paul Everall, LABC’s Chief Executive, has said “LABC will support all professionals and building owners to deliver fire safety strategies and safer buildings.”

Amendments have been added to the Approved Documents as a result of the new regulations. You can find these updates on our website.

 

 

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