The government has announced what it describes as “tough new measures” that will force industry to pay to remove cladding and protect leaseholders from high costs.
Under the proposals, the government will be able to block planning permission and building control sign off for those who are seen as not doing the right thing.
The plans are designed to make sure the industry pays to historical problems, freeing hundreds of thousands of innocent leaseholders from shouldering an unfair burden while also enforcing “a common-sense approach to avoid unnecessary work”.
The government will also be able to apply its new building safety levy to more developments, with scope for higher rates for those who do not want to participate in finding a workable solution.
The courts will also be given new powers to allow developers to be sued where they have used shell companies to manage specific developments as a way of avoiding responsibility for their actions.
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