Property owners 'to benefit from building shake-ups'

Owners of Scottish property and those elsewhere in Britain will benefit from proposed alterations to the building control system to crackdown on illegal construction, according to housing minister Caroline Flint.

Entitled the Future of Building Control, the consultation aims to reward good builders by removing the burden of unnecessary inspections while rogue traders will face tougher scrutiny.

Ms Flint comments: "Homeowners have the right to expect their homes to be built and renovated to minimum standards set out in building regulations.

"I want to make life more difficult for the cowboy builders that are out there whilst letting the high-quality majority of the industry get on with the job."

Brian Berry, director of external affairs at the Federation of Master Builders, stated that the organisation supports the government’s plans to improve the approach towards building regulations.

Meanwhile, Scottish first-time buyers – along with their counterparts around the country – were recently identified as the foundation of the housing market by conveyance firm