Westminster Social Policy Forum

Next steps for building regulations in England

Morning, Tuesday, 19th March 2019

Central London


This timely seminar will discuss the future for building regulations in England.

It will provide an opportunity for policymakers and stakeholders to assess the most effective ways forward for improving the safety and standards of buildings in England.

The conference takes place in the context of recommendations from the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety by Dame Judith Hackitt, as well as the work of the Steering Group on Competences for Building a Safer Future, and the Government's Building Safety Programme.

Following the Review finding that a new regulatory framework is required for higher-risk residential buildings, delegates will consider its possible components and their implications for local authorities, residents, the construction industry and other key stakeholders.

They will discuss the practical challenges for implementation, including giving residents a greater say, putting in place an effective testing and inspection regime, and creating a clearer record of information for high-rise residential buildings.

The agenda also looks at the implementation and compliance issues for building firms, as well as what will be needed to bring about the necessary changes to business culture and regulatory oversight in the building sector.

We also expect discussion to reflect key updates from the Grenfell Tower Inquiry, and next steps for policy.


Keynote Speaker

Dame Judith Hackitt

Chair, Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety

Keynote Speakers

Dame Judith Hackitt

Chair, Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety

Clive Betts MP

Chair, Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee


Mark Prisk MP

Member, Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee


Professor Helen Carr

Professor of Law, Kent Law School, University of Kent

Paul Everall

Chief Executive, Local Authority Building Control

Gary Strong

Chair, International Fire Safety Standards Coalition and Media Spokesman, RICS

Peter Apps

News Editor, Inside Housing

Peter Caplehorn

Deputy Chief Executive and Policy Director, Construction Products Association