Brokenshire bans combustible cladding on high rises

1 Oct 18

The government is to ban use of combustible materials for all new high-rise residential building, communities secretary James Brokenshire said today.

Brokenshire told the Conservative conference in Birmingham this would “bring about a change in culture on building safety”.

The move was prompted by the last year’s Grenfell Tower fire, in which 72 people lost their lives.

“I will change the building regulations to ban the use of combustible material for all new high-rise residential buildings, hospitals, registered care homes and student accommodation,” he told the conference.

Brokenshire launched a consultation on whether combustible cladding on the outside of high rise buildings should be banned in June this year after the independent Hackitt review came in for criticism for not doing do.

Local Government Association chair Lord Porter said the ban should be introduced a quickly as possible.

“It is great that James Brokenshire has listened to our calls for a ban on the use of combustible materials on complex and high-rise buildings,” he said.

“An effective and total ban will provide clarity for building owners who need to know what they can use to replace dangerous cladding and insulation and immediately help keep buildings safer.”

The communities secretary also reaffirmed his commitment to giving councils greater powers “to deliver the garden communities of the future”.

“We need to be smarter on how we use land and space available,” he told the conference.

Brokenshire announced the garden communities programme in August, which would see councils and private developers able to received tailored advice and grant funding for local authority-approved garden town proposals.

He also said the government would set up a new homes ombudsman to ensure new build homes were of quality.

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