Govt U-turns on cladding rules for buildings under 18m

The financing scheme, first announced back in February, is yet to materialise.

The government is already fully funding the removal of unsafe cladding on all buildings over 18 metres through the £5bn Building Safety Fund.

For high-rises, the government has also set out plans for developers in England to contribute to the cost of remediating safety defects.

Chairman of the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC), Mark Hardingham, dubbed this “a major step towards ensuring industry contributes to righting the wrongs of the past”.

The levy will be applied when developers seek permission to build high-rise residential buildings, with the money recouped used to fix historic fire safety defects, including unsafe cladding. The government is currently calling for views on the proposed design of the levy.