GGF PLANS MEETINGS WITH WATER AUTHORITIES
- Posted 15/07/2011
Following the passing of new legislation by the Department of Environment, the Glass and Glazing Federation has contacted Water UK requesting a meeting to discuss the implications the new legislation will have on the conservatory sector.
Following the passing of new legislation by the Department of Environment, Food and RuralAffairs (DEFRA) on July 1st 2011 in relation to the transfer of responsibility of private sewers to sewerage and water companies in England, the Glass and Glazing Federation has contacted Water UK requesting a meeting to discuss the implications the new legislation will have on the conservatory sector.
The GGF is concerned with the issues of building over (and within three metres of) private sewers and in particular the potential costs and restrictions placed on householders looking to extend their properties by building conservatories and orangeries.
The new regulations could have a considerable knock on effect for the trade with regards to pricing and obtaining building consent from sewerage companies and water authorities.
Nigel Rees Chief Executive commented, “The full implications are unclear at the moment. With the legislation coming into effect in a couple of months, the GGF will seek clarification from the authorities, otherwise there could be a significant impact on homeowners and installation companies with regards to cost and permission to build. ”
The Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has indicated that a Code of Practice is being written relating to the building over private sewers in accordance with the new legislation. In the meantime the GGF will call for a meeting with the DCLG and representatives of the relevant water and sewerage companies to express the concerns of the conservatory sector and ensure that conservatory building is considered within the Code of Practice.
Nigel Rees continues, “The conservatory sector must be included in this new code of practice to address all the consequences of this legislation. The GGF will propose that any agreements applied in England should be all inclusive and not simply left to the regional sewerage and water companies to impose their own requirements.
”The new legislation will come into effect on the 1st October 2011 and will be a key topic of discussion at the GGF Conservatory Association meeting on Aug 11th in Birmingham.