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Our public land is being squandered

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The passing reference to the Plc housebuilders could do with not so much expanding as blowing sky-high. A current sojourn for nearly a year in South Devon has opened my eyes to just how much a mixture of greed, cynicism and incompetence is influencing the behaviour of at least some of the mass housebuilders - everything from usurious leasehold scams to absolutely dreadful construction quality - extending to the omission of cavity firestops on an industrial scale by one developer - and the strong-arming of local authorities to relax design standards or face delays in provision of much needed houses. I don't think it's being too far fetched to liken it to organised crime, and the only obvious explanation for its success is the chronic shortage of the product on offer.

Posted date

14 October, 2019

Posted time

9:29 am

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