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West Somerset's Building Control Success

    West Somerset's Building Control Success

    West Somerset's Building Control Success

    Wednesday 28 March 2012

    West Somerset Council’s Building Control Manager, Jayne Hall, has been elected as the new regional Chairman of LABC South West representing Local Authority Building Control (LABC) across Somerset, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall.


    She also sits on the national LABC Technical Working group, where regional representatives from across the country meet quarterly to review technical matters and interpretation of the Building Regulations and changes to legislation.

    Jayne, who has 30 years experience in the construction industry and is a Member of the Association of Building Engineers, said, “I am delighted to be representing building control services not only for West Somerset, but for the whole region. 

    “Building Control can be seen as a barrier by some, who feel it is there to stop them building what they want.  This is not the case.  Our role is to ensure that buildings are constructed to recognised minimum standards that make them safe and healthy for people living or working in them.”

    LABC offers independent, objective, and co-operative support to people carrying out building work.  It aims to ensure that developments meet the necessary standards in terms of fire and structural safety, that they are accessible, sustainable, energy efficient and do not compromise the health and safety of people using them.

    Jayne added:  “Our team of committed, professional surveyors is dedicated to ensuring that buildings in West Somerset do not put people at risk.  We are here to help developers, designers, builders and people wishing to make alterations to their homes achieve today’s higher standards.”

    If you are considering a building project or alterations to your home, there is an easy online tool to help you see if you need either planning or building control permissions at www.planningportal.gov.uk/permission/house or, if you live in the West Somerset area, you can contact the council 01643 703704 for an informal chat.

    For more information contact:
     
    Stacey Beaumont
    Media, PR & Communications
    West Somerset Council
    t - 01984 635285
    e - sbeaumont@westsomerset.gov.uk
    w - www.westsomersetonline.gov.uk