Leeds adviser says builders who break the rules should be ‘named and humiliated’

Andrew Carter, who leads the Conservative Opposition on Leeds City Council, said some developers were leaving landlords “scratching their heads and wondering what to do”.

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Andrew Carter, who leads the Conservative Opposition on Leeds City Council, said builders who break the rules should be publicly named.

He appeared to suggest that in some cases developers were leaving work unfinished or in poor condition, saying they “sign off what they consider their landscaping responsibilities, clear and refuse to return”.

Speaking at a full council meeting on Wednesday, Councilor Carter said: ‘They very often leave first-time buyers scratching their heads and wondering what to do.

“Over the past few years, I have repeatedly called on planning committees to adopt a name-and-shame policy where builders who do not comply with planning by-laws are named and shamed.

“Planning committees advise that is unwise, so perhaps review committees could do that instead and name and shame these repeat offenders.

“It’s not at all useful for people who have recently moved into their home, whether they bought it or rented it.”


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