Building Regulations and Fire Safety in Scotland

 

Background and Evidence

On 21 June 2017, the Committee agreed to widen its ongoing scrutiny of building regulations in Scotland to include the safety aspect of these regulations, following the tragedy at Grenfell Tower in London.

Read the news release on building regulations and fire safety.

The Committee's work on building regulations and fire safety in Scotland between June 2017 and January 2018 can be found here.

The Committee also undertook a piece of work on the building standards verification scheme from February to June 2017 and this can be found here.

Committee Report

The Committee published its report on building regulations and fire safety in Scotland on 30 October 2017:

The Scottish Government responded to the Committee's report on 19 December 2017:

Committee Debate

The Committee held a debate in the Chamber on 23 November 2017. The Official Report of the debate can be found at the following link:

Oral Evidence

Friday 5 September 2018

The Committee took evidence on from:

  • Kevin Stewart, Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning, Scottish Government;
  • Dame Judith Hackitt, Chair, Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety;
  • Professor John Cole CBE, Chair, Building Standards (Compliance and Enforcement) Review Panel;
  • Dr Paul Stollard, Chair, Building Standards (Fire Safety) Review Panel.

Papers for meeting on 5 September 2018 (429KB pdf)
Official Report of meeting on 5 September 2018

The Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning wrote to the Convener on 27 September 2018 following up the evidence session on 5 September 2018:

The Committee held an oral evidence session on 20 November.

Written evidence was submitted by;

Additional submissions were received from;

 In addition to the above, the Committee was also referred the petition below on 21 November 2020.

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to review the current ‘stay-put’ policy as it applies to the fire strategy for existing multi-storey residential buildings.

This petition was referred to the Session 5 Local Government and Communities Committee by the Public Petitions Committee on 21 November 2019.

Friday 22 January 2020

The Committee took evidence from:
> Kevin Stewart, Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning
> Stephen Garvin, Head of Building Standards Division
> Chris Booth, Policy Officer Fire Rescue Unit

The Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning wrote to the Convener on 20 February as a follow up to the meeting on Wednesday 22 January 2020.

Friday 26 February 2020

The Committee took evidence from:
>Phil Diamond, Chartered Building Surveyor
>Matthew Jupp, UK Finance
>Keith Denholm, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
>Brian Smith, Law Society of Scotland
>Witness name tbc, Property Managers Association Scotland

Link to:  papers   minutes   Official Report

Evidence recieved for the Committee;

Following the 26 February meeting, the Committee agreed to invite the UK and Scottish Government to give evidence on this matter, and to write to the Association of British Insurers and Homes for Scotland requesting further information on relevant matters:

Friday 19 June 2020

The Committee took evidence on High Rise Inventory.  

The following submissions were received ahead of this session: 

Further to the evidence session of Friday 19 June, please see submission below in relation to the holding of detailed construction information: 

The Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning wrote to the Convener ahead of its meeting on Friday 19 June 2020 

Prior to the evidence session scheduled for 4 September 2020, the Committee agreed to write to the Minster for Local Government, Housing and Planning and to the Local Authority Building Standards Scotland for further information on Building standards and fire safety in the aftermath of the Grenfell tragedy:

Friday 4 September 2020

The Committee took evidence on Building Regulations and Fire Safety in Scotland. 

The following submission was received ahead of this session:

Link to: Papers   Minutes   Official Report

Correspondence

Following the publication of the Committee's report, the Director of NHBC Scotland wrote to the Convener on 20 November 2017:

The Minister for Local Government and Housing wrote to the Convener on 23 November 2017:

The Minister for Local Government and Housing wrote to the Committee on 15 March 2018 in relation to the Ministerial Working Group on Building and Fire Safety and fire doors:

The Minister for Local Government and Housing wrote to the Committee on 28 March 2018 with an update on the work of the Ministerial Working Group on Building and Fire Safety:

The Minister for Local Government and Housing wrote to the Committee on 18 April 2018 with an update on the three local authorities that needed to improve performance:

 The Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning wrote to the Committee on 4 July 2018 on the publication of the building standards review panels on fire safety and compliance and enforcement and the associated consultation:

The Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning wrote to the Committee on 6 August 2018 with an update on the work of the Ministerial Working Group on Building and Fire Safety with regards to fire doors:

At its meeting on the 4 March 2020, the Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) in relation to PE01719: Review of fire safety stay-put policy

 
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