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Sunday, 18 June 2017

Crap housing in the UK

New housing in the UK is clearly 'shoddy'; it is also "among the smallest and most expensive in Europe":
Futures Forum: "The laissez-faire, speculative attitude helps to create a shoddy culture in which the mindsets of estate agents take priority over the resourcing of local authority departments that are supposed to plan and regulate construction."

Does this look familiar:




Why is Britain so terrible at domestic architecture? - Telegraph

As made clear by Kevin McCloud a couple of years ago:
Developers dumping identikit 'crap' homes across Britain says Grand Designs Kevin McCloud as Government promises self-build revolution | The Independent
‘People associate new housing with crap. I want to change that’: Kevin McCloud | Life and style | The Guardian

But it's been going on for years:
Why Are New Build Houses So Rubbish? - House prices and the economy - House Price Crash forum

House-builders can clearly get away with it:

Beware builders flogging shoddy new-build homes: They're sold as a quick way to get on the housing ladder - but with wonky windows and holes in walls many are far from being a bargain
By JAMES BURTON FOR THE DAILY MAIL
19 April 2016 

> With too few houses to go round companies are being asked to build faster
> Buyers often get only a glimpse of a show home before paying a deposit
> Fears quality of new buildings will deteriorate further as population grows

Beware the builders flogging shoddy new-build homes | This is Money

But they don't always get away with it:
Fixing its Crappy Newbuilds Costs Builder £7m | Gizmodo UK

As pointed out by East Devon Watch:
“Bovis accused of pressuring buyers to move into unfinished homes” | East Devon Watch
Bovis … creek … no paddle? | East Devon Watch
Bovis: share price falls, housing output forecast reduced, dividend raised | East Devon Watch

You could chose to leave the UK whilst you still can:
Want to be happy? Don't live in the UK | Money | The Guardian

Or you could demand something better - through your neighbourhood plan:

Design
Promoting high quality design in St. James. The Neighbourhood Plan will work to ensure a consistent and high quality approach to design is applied to the development of buildings and spaces which, over time, will result in great improvements to the public realm and built environment.


St James Neighbourhood Plan • Exeter St James

Here’s your opportunity to comment on two key issues that are central to our Neighbourhood Plan and to future development in this parish.
> How potential sites for future housing development are identified and assessed
> Appropriate standards of building quality, housing design, scale, size, mix and density that are in keeping with our rural location and the community’s aspirations.


Neighbourhood Plan - Latest News - Ewhurst

HOUSING
This Neighbourhood Plan thus provides for a minimum number of new homes to meet the needs of the local community, whilst setting out policies to ensure that development is of a high quality


Chapel Parish Neighbourhood Plan | Housing

See also:
Futures Forum: Neighbourhood Plan: final household survey launched >>> the main themes so far
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