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  LABC News

l Issue 4 - Summer 2013 
l Issue 3 - Winter 2012
l Issue 2 - Summer 2012 
l Issue 1 - Spring 2012

LABC News is an e-publication filled with the latest news and announcements in Local Authority Building Control and public safety.

Changes to Sewer Adoption and Connection

Important changes for connecting to the public sewer network came into force on 1st October 2012.

Major impact on construction industry in Wales

On 1 October  2012 important changes came into force for any building and construction work that involves connection to the public sewerage network in Welsh Water's operating area.

From this date new regulations will apply to connections to the public sewerage network. These regulations, to be known as the Welsh Minister’s Standards, are legal changes to standardise sewer construction and improve the long-term performance and reliability of the sewerage network. They will benefit people and the environment in Wales and they are mandatory.

The new regulations mean that no construction of new connections to the sewerage network in the areas we serve should be made without first obtaining a sewer adoption agreement from Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water. It will be a legal offence to install a public sewer or lateral drain without having an adoption agreement in place.

This change in the law is crucial to anyone involved in construction – including developers, builders, groundwork contractors, architects and planning consultants.

For further details on what this means or if you have any specific queries please refer to the following:-

l Dwr Cymru website - Sewer Adoption and Connection Leaflet
l Welsh Government Newsletter August 2012 and website

Dwr Cymru have also produced a short information film explaining the changes in the law relating to Sewer Adoption and Connection in Dwr Cymru Welsh Water’s operating area, and how this will impact you.

To view the video please visit Dwr Cymru's ‘Changes to Sewer Adoption and Connection’  page and click on the ‘Sewerage Adoption and Connection’ video link at the bottom. You will also find other helpful information on the changes on this page. Alternatively, watch the video on Dwr Cymru Welsh Water’s YouTube channel in either English or Welsh language.

Architects Certificates for Newly Created Dwellings

In addition to LABC Warranty for New Dwellings / Volume Housing Carmarthenshire Building Control is now delighted to promote the availability for Mortgage Purposes of Architects Certificates for New Dwellings through the services of following named Partner Architects. Full contact details are available on our ‘Partner Authority Scheme’ webpage.

Ÿ Arwain Architects (Jeff Davies)
Ÿ Brown Partnership (Nick Brown)
Ÿ Cartref Designs Limited (Daryl Thomas)
Ÿ Davies Richards Design Partnership (Gareth Richards)
Ÿ Darkin Architects (David Darkin)
Ÿ Mark Baggott BSc (Hons) MRICS
Ÿ Martin Watts Architectural Associates Ltd
Ÿ Sarnau Design (Carl Thornton)

Welsh Government - Life saving sprinklers in all new Welsh homes from 2013

Environment Minister, John Griffiths, has announced plans for all new and converted residential properties in Wales to be fitted with sprinkler systems. Regulations for this will be introduced in September 2013. This will save a predicted 36 lives and prevent an estimated 800 injuries between 2013 and 2022.  Read more....

From Midnight on 31 December 2011 remaining functions under the Building Act 1984 will pass from the UK Government to the Welsh Ministers.

This includes powers to make Building Regulations. The functions transferred are limited under The Welsh Ministers (Transfer of Functions) (No. 2) Order 2009 (S.I. 2009/3019).

Documents and guidance that is current and in force up to 31 December and which had previously applied to England and Wales will continue to apply in Wales following transfer of powers. This includes:

  • Building Regulations; 
  • the approved documents;
  • guidance published by the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG); and 
  • approvals under competent persons provisions.

Relevant information and documents are available on the DCLG website.  Visit: Department of Communities and Local Government (external link)

October 2011 
Registering your septic tank with The Environment Agency in Wales

What to do if your home is not connected to a public foul sewer in Wales.

If your home in Wales has a septic tank or a small sewage treatment plant, then you need to register the system with the Environment Agency or have an environmental permit. If properly managed, most of these systems do not cause problems, but if they are poorly designed, installed or managed, the discharge from them can damage the environment. Domestic wastewater can contain substances that are potentially harmful to human health and the environment.

April  2011 
Carmarthenshire Building Control Partners with the
National Trust (South Wales)

Please click here to view the article published by LABC.

December 2010 
Melin Consultants provide a complete fixed price package for BREEAM, Code for Sustainable Homes, SBEM, SAP and Air Tightness Testing, and offer a 10% discount to LABC Partners.  Click here to read more....

4 November 2010 
LABC National Award Winners Prove Quality Work Pays Off

On Tuesday 2nd November 2010 two Carmarthenshire Building Control nominated projects represented Wales in the 2010 LABC (England & Wales) Building Excellence Awards in the Best Large Housing Category with Phases 4a and 5 Pentre Nicklaus Village, Machynys and in the Technical Innovation Category with Ffoslas Racecourse respectively.

LABC Supreme Project
Supreme Award winning project: Phases 4a and 5, Pentre Nicklaus Village

Ffoslas was Highly Commended whilst Machynys Homes not only won its individual Category but also won the Supreme Award as being the 'Best of the Best'!

Owner and developer Mr Jim Anderson was absolutely delighted at winning what is classed in simple terms as the Best Building Project throughout England & Wales in 2010.

LABC Phases 4a and 5 winner

Chris Morgan collecting the Supreme Award trophy.
Pictured from left to right: Mick Henman, LABC President; Chris Morgan,
Managing Director of Machynys Homes Construction; event host Gyles Brandreth;
and David Collier, National House Building Manager at Kingspan Insulation.

> Click here to view the LABC press release.

Note : Building Regulation applications charges were amended on 1 October 2010.

June 2010  Submit your building regulations application online 
Online forms   

Using the online forms service you can:

l Complete the application form
l Attach supporting documentation, plans and drawings
l Submit the application to the Buidling Control Unit online

Please click here to view further guidance on making an application online, and access links to the online forms.

04 June 2010  LABC Technical Updates

New Approved Documents and compliance guides have been published on the Planning Portal. New revisions of Part F, Part J and Part L are available to download for free. In addition to the new APDs – which apply from 1 October 2010 – new compliance guides to support Part L and Part F have also been published.

    There are also changes to the Building Regulations Competent Persons Schemes (CPSs) and minor technical amendments to Part G of the Building Regulations.  Part G 2010 and CPS amendments took effect on 6 April 2010.  The 2010 version of the Approved Document can be downloaded here.

You will also find on the above link an explanation of the changes between the 2009 draft and the now published version of Part G 2010.

Local Authority Building Control charges

The proposed date on which it is intended that the regulations will take effect has not changed and remains 1 April 2010. The Department has consulted the LABC on the revised timetable and they are content that this will not cause any significant difficulties for local authorities.

Devolution of building regulations moves closer

An Order which transfers powers to make Building Regulations for buildings in Wales to the Welsh Ministers from 31 December 2011 has been approved. Committees of both houses of parliament approved the order in July.  Read more...

Parc Y Scarlets
    At the recent LABC Building Excellence Awards, Andrew Scott Limited became the proud winners of the Technical Innovation category for the construction of the new 15,000 capacity rugby stadium at Llanelli. 

In overcoming competition throughout  England and Wales,  this Carmarthenshire project became the first ever South Wales winner at the annual awards held in London.  Read more...

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