9:28 AM, 24th April 2019, About 2 years ago 4
Labour has accussed permitted development rules, which allow office blocks to be converted into residential housing without planning permission, of giving corporations permission to escape their responsibilities to build good quality, safe, affordable housing. Instead of adding to the housing stock slum housing and rabbit hutch flats are being created. Since the relaxation on planning rules over 42,000 new dwellings have been created from former offices since 2015.
Shadow housing secretary, John Healey said: “Conservative permitted development rules have created a get out clause for developers to dodge affordable homes requirements and build slum housing. This Conservative housing free-for-all gives developers a free hand to build what they want but ignore what local communities need.”
“Labour will give local people control over the housing that gets built in their area and ensure developers build the low-cost, high-quality homes that the country needs.”
Conservative vice-chair for Local Government, Marcus Jones, said: “Labour’s plans would cut house building and put a stop to people achieving homeownership. We are backing permitted development rights, which are converting dormant offices into places families can call home.
“Whilst Labour put politics before our families, the Conservatives are delivering the houses this country needs so every family has a place to call home.”
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