Less regulation, an improved planning system and more public investment lie at the heart of election agenda drawn up by industry bodies.

An election agenda calling for less red tape and a better planning system has been drawn up by seven leading industry bodies

The agenda highlights the fundamental areas that the government need to focus on in order to improve the industry. The agenda calls on all political parties to commit to the following:

  • Investment in improving public services and infrastructure with planned delivery targets and a best-value procurement strategy
  • Commitment to lightening the current regulatory burden through a reduction of red tape
  • Sustainable development policies which recognise industry needs
  • Eergy efficiency incentives for householders
  • Improved planning system.

Those who have signed up are the Construction Products Association, the Construction Industry Council, the Federation of Master Builders, the National Specialist Contractors Council; the Specialist Engineering Contractors Group; the National Home Improvement Council; and the Plumbing and Heating Industry Alliance.

CPA chief executive Michael Ankers said: “This agenda emphasises to potential MPs the crucial role that construction plays in providing either the new and improved public buildings such as hospitals and schools which are essential to people’s quality of life, or the roads and railways which are vital to UK business competitiveness.”

The agenda also calls for a more influential governmental voice to represent the whole of the industry.