BSR publishes first three-year plan to improve safety and standards of all buildings

The Building Safety Regulator (BSR) has published its first three-year strategic plan to improve the safety and standards of all buildings, make sure residents of higher-risk buildings are safe and feel safe in their homes and help restore trust in the built environment sector.

The plan establishes a vision to create a built environment where everyone is competent and takes responsibility to ensure buildings are of high quality and are safe.

The HSE claims this represents the most significant change to regulation of building safety for a generation and means residents and other building users can be confident that industry is working together to make sure the tragedies of the past will never be repeated.

The plan includes: 

  • delivering consistent standards within the building control profession
  • overseeing and driving improvements across the whole built environment
  • regulating the planning, design, and construction of new higher-risk buildings
  • ensuring those who are responsible for occupied higher-risk buildings manage risk so that residents are safe
  • working in partnership with co-regulators


Commenting in the foreword to the plan, secretary of state for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, Michael Gove, stated: “The system that regulates our buildings must be practical and comprehensible.

“The regulator must lead the sector in creating a built environment fit for the future.

“This first three-year strategic plan is a significant moment in this mission.

“It looks forward and lays out a solid foundation on which the regulator can build its ambition in future years.

Chair at the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Sarah Newton, said:

“This is a strong, coherent strategy built on collaboration with all BSR’s stakeholders, with a keen focus on ensuring industry takes ownership and responsibility for delivering a safe system throughout the life cycle of a building.

"This must be front of mind for everyone, and everyone must be aware of their legal responsibilities.

“Collaboration and collective responsibility are key for delivering better standards.”

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