Building Safety: Staircases

In December 2022 the Government launched a consultation (which runs until March 17) on the following:

  • New residential buildings over 30 metres (around 10 storeys) to be required to have 2 staircases.  It said that there would  be a very short transition period for this and the consultation encourages all developments to prepare for this change now           
  • Sprinkler systems to be installed in new care homes of all heights (or as an alternative with a minimum of 10 beds as the threshold).

Click here for the consultation

In the meantime however Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, has decided that with immediate effect, all planning applications in Greater London must provide for a second staircases in residential buildings over 30 metres in height before going to the Greater London Authority for stage 2 approval

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