Oldham Labour council leaders have warned that the Government’s determination to tear up planning rules risks giving the green light to unscrupulous developers to build poor quality homes in the borough.
A report produced by the Government has shown that its own policy increases the chances of homes being built that:
- Are smaller than they should be
- Don’t cater to different household sizes
- Don’t have adequate natural light
- Don’t have access to open space
- Are close to industrial units
But despite this, and despite condemnation from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), the Chartered Institute of Building, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the Royal Town Planning Institute, the Government seem determined to proceed with the plans.
Councillor Hannah Roberts, Cabinet Member for Housing at Oldham Council, has now added her voice to calls to pause plans to expand permitted development rights.
Cllr Roberts said: “Every Oldham resident deserves a home that is affordable and meets their needs. Frustratingly, the Government seems determined to instead help out their developer friends to build homes that are too small, dark and poorly placed, while removing democratic accountability. Some so called studios are less that 16 square meters – the floorspace of a Ministerial limousine.
“Last week we passed a motion confirming that we will do everything possible to ensure homes in Oldham are large enough, and have access to natural light. The Government plans will mean poor quality homes are built despite local objections.
Oldham’s Labour Council will be investing in decent quality homes as part of Creating a Better Place but what is really needed from government is help to increase the number of homes for social rent not fly by night conversions”