Success for innovative building control partnership

Published Tuesday 4 December 2018

Two councils, which are working together to provide a building control service, say the partnership is bringing major benefits.

In April 2018, Harborough District Council and Blaby District Council joined forces to deliver a combined building control service in an innovative and more effective way.

On 3 December 2018, Harborough District Council’s Executive noted a six month update on the partnership and said they were “delighted” with how well the partnership was working and said feedback from customers had been fantastic.

New apprentices are being employed, in addition to other opportunities to develop existing staff, through the partnership to help people learn the skills required and develop their careers in building control.

Councillor Jonathan Bateman, Harborough District Council’s portfolio holder for Environment and Regulatory ServiceSite inspections, said: “Working together has allowed us to provide a better service for our customers. We’re delighted with the way this partnership is improving the way we work across district borders. We’ve also been able to share staff which is a very efficient way of working.”

Residents can contact Building Control if they need advice on proposals for their building projects and how to comply with building regulations. The team can then carry out responsive ‘same day’ site inspection. They are also the first port of call to report dangerous buildings or structures.

In July, Harborough District Council celebrated another win at the LABC (Local Authority Building Control) Building Excellence East Midlands awards when a project nominated by the Council won in the category of the Best Social or Affordable New Housing Development.

Contact Building Control via email at or by calling 01858 821090.