More calls for change
The system remained inflexible. Michael Heseltine, then Secretary of State for the Environment, at the annual dinner of the National House Builders Council in December 1979, proposed fundamental review. The principles of the review being -
Maximum Self Regulation
Total Self Financing
Minimum Government Interference
Simplicity of Operation
The first steps were the introduction of commercialism by charging fees for the service.
Fees were introduced on the 1st April 1980.
The second step was the consolidation of the legislation into the Building Act 1984.
The most controversial aspect of the Act was the provision for Approved Inspectors - a private system of building control.