PM calls for rules to ban “tiny” new build homes

The Prime Minister is calling for new regulations to prevent developers from building “tiny” or poor quality new homes.

Speaking at the Chartered Institute of Housing conference later today Theresa May will admit the current system has left buyers around the country facing a “postcode lottery” in which not all local authorities impose minimum standards on the size of new homes.

She will say: “I cannot defend a system in which owners and tenants are forced to accept tiny homes with inadequate storage…

“Where developers feel the need to fill show homes with deceptively small furniture…

“And where the lack of universal standards encourages a race to the bottom.”

The Prime Minister is calling for new regulations to ensure developers meet higher standards and minimum home sizes are a condition of planning permission across the country.

Her speech today comes as the Public Accounts Committee published a report criticising the government’s housebuilding strategy and raising concerns over the poor quality of new homes.

May will also confirm plans to end so-called “no-fault” evictions and set out the timetable for action on the Social Housing Green Paper.

In its report on “Planning and the broken housing market” today, the Public Accounts Committee says it is concerned that ministers and local authorities “are not doing enough to prevent poor build quality of new homes”.

The cross-party MPs highlighted problems with conversions of office blocks into housing under permitted development rights and urged government to look at how they could “prevent, penalise and compensate for poor residential build quality.”


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