AN MP has called for change on bad practices from developers after noticing the "distress" buying poor quality new build homes has caused his constituents.

David Johnston, MP for Wantage and Didcot, led a debate in Parliament yesterday , focusing on the negative experience that his constituents have had with developers, housebuilders, and management companies.

In the debate he raised the difficulties that his constituents have had with poor quality new builds, which they struggle to get repaired after moving in. In one case, a constituent has been fighting for over two years to have his house fully repaired - with little success.

Mr Johnston highlighted the toll this takes on his constituents, with one confessing that, “‘Buying a new build house has been a terrible experience, and one which I won’t repeat”.

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He raised concerns around the lack of affordable homes being built, the large fees and bad behaviour of management companies who maintain communal areas, and the fact that new homes are regularly built without improvements to local infrastructure. He added that some new homes are damaging the natural environment.

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The increased local population has put huge pressure on GPs, schools, and transport and the MP has been campaigning for more local infrastructure.

He said: “New homes should be a source of great joy, but too often they are proving a source of great distress. Unfortunately, the developers, housebuilders, and management companies have too much power and the local communities they build in have too little. I am determined to change this.”

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