1. Outline of the legislative framework.

The principal enactment relating to the control of building throughout England and Wales is the Building Act 1984, 1which consolidated various earlier enactments concerning building and buildings and related matters2. The Act gives the appropriate national authority3 power to make regulations (known as 'building regulations') for any of the purposes of securing the health, safety, welfare and convenience of persons in or about buildings and of others who may be affected by buildings or matters connected with buildings, furthering the conservation of fuel and power, and preventing waste, undue consumption, misuse or contamination of water4. In addition to making

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