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Consultation on arrangements for Emergency Evacuation from high rise buildings 08/07/2022 Labelled as Development

Reporting on Phase 1 of its work, the Grenfell Tower Inquiry recommended that the owner of every high-rise residential building should be required by law to prepare a Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan (PEEP) for all residents whose ability to self-evacuate might be compromised. A list of residents with PEEPs should be required to be kept in the premises information box for use by the Fire and Rescue Service. The Home Office consulted on the proposed implementation of these recommendations in the summer of 2021; it published its response to the consultation on 18 May 2022.


In its response, the Home Office concluded that it would not be appropriate to implement the Grenfell Inquiry recommendations as proposed. The response found that, while there is considerable support for measures to improve the fire safety of residents who are unable to self-evacuate in an emergency situation, there were widespread concern that PEEPs were not a practicable, proportional or necessary response in all high-rise buildings.


On 22 June, the Home Office consulted on more limited proposals under the title Emergency Evacuation Information Sharing (EEIS). These proposals do not apply to all high-rise buildings, but only those with simultaneous evacuation strategies (i.e. where stay-out does not apply). In such buildings, the Responsible Person (RP) would be expected to ask residents to identify themselves if in need of support with evacuation.  A home visit by the Fire and Rescue Service would be arranged for all those who self-identify as in need of support, and a fire risk assessment made, together with measures to mitigate this risk where possible, which could include support in the event of evacuation. The consultation paper argues that some PEEPs may be needed but they would be rare.


ARCH will be submitting a response to the consultation and would welcome views from member authorities and tenants on the new proposals. Please send comments to Matthew Warburton ( by Friday 5 August to enable the response to be completed by the consultation deadline of Wednesday 10 August.    

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