Proposed Building Safety Levy extension provokes backlash

Housebuilders speak out against proposed levy extension

Government proposals to extend the remit of the Building Safety Levy met with a staunch response from developers this week, branded as “not proportionate” and posing a serious threat to businesses and housing supply.

The Home Builders Federation spoke out after it was suggested that housebuilders should contribute up to £3bn to remediate cladding on ‘orphan’ buildings between 11m and 18m high, where those responsible for the buildings cannot be identified.

UK housebuilders have already committed to remediate their buildings…any further levy is not proportionate and poses a serious threat to businesses, jobs, investment in new sites, housing supply and affordable housing provision.

STEWART BASELEY, EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN, HBF

Meanwhile, the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) revealed that 35 housebuilders have signed up to the Building Safety Levy, out of 53 asked to commit to the pledge.

Those who refuse to sign the pledge will “face consequences if they fail to do so”, DLUHC have said in a statement released this week.

Within the statement, Housing Secretary Michael Gove also pointed the finger at cladding and insulation manufacturers, stating that they are “yet to accept their share of responsibility”.

Gove went on to say he had written to the Construction Products Association (CPA), in which he accused the sector of lacking leadership, and “[doing] nothing, slowly”.

The CPLA released their own statement in response, stating that there were “too many unknowns” at this stage to ensure funding.

While the housebuilders have been in similar discussions, their direct connectivity with their buildings is far more manageable than that for product manufacturers, that will be at the end of a long supply chain.

CONSTRUCTION PRODUCTS ASSOCIATION

The CPA added that this was an initial response, and they will be writing to Gove further “in due course”.

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