THE Government has backed plans to introduce better safety measures on new home builds implemented by Basingstoke’s MP.

Maria Miller gained the support of the Housing Minister during a debate in the House of Commons, stating reports and documentation regarding build progress should be made available to new buyers.

The reports would detail the progress of the house at key stages of the build and include any defects which have been identified.

Mrs Miller hopes that by making these reports public it will highlight how many quality checks are being carried out on new builds.

She said: “Making available the reports will help new home buyers identify whether problems have been identified during the building of their new home.

“At the moment buyers face a quality lottery with major build problems going unresolved because regular checks are not mandatory and information about the build of the house is not routinely given to new buyers.

“This transparency would help drive up quality and give buyers the information they need to make informed decisions about the house they are buying.”

During the debate on the Housing and Planning Bill, Minister Brandon Lewis said that it is already a legal requirement for all starter homes to meet the required safety regulations, but welcomed Mrs Miller’s plan to make documentation public.

He said: “As a result of her representations, we have asked the Building Performance Standards Advisory Group to look at making inspection records available on request to building owners and prospective owners.

“It will report back to us with suggested amendments in February.”