ferdinand, on 11 January 2016 - 06:19 AM, said:
Building Control already has competition. What are the analogous problems with that?
The piper is paying for the tune, that's the issue. The inherent conflict of interest.
I may be listening to the wrong locals in the pub, but one or two local BC companies up here appear, on the face it, to be less than rigorous. And, when they do turn up when asked, on time and efficiently, they sample those instances of a build which they are offered; not every house, or even a randomly chosen house.
The concern I have is that there will be significant pressure for history to repeat itself (#5 above) in this sector too.
One phrase '... a presumption in favour of sustainable development...' (Osbourne March 2012 , NPPF
) changed the whole tone of a complete market sector.
No private industry could survive the insolence of such calamitous forced change: so why do we expect the LPAs to do so?
I am a vocal and consistent critic of our LPAs performance. But I am clear about the aetiology of the sclerosis. And it does not lie entirely within the town hall walls.