Housing minister Christopher Pincher, who has been in the role for less than a month, has revealed that his home is an example of what he calls “bad design” - and he wants today’s homebuilders not to repeat the mistake.
Pincher, addressed a planning conference, suggested that delegates might be wondering what he knew about planning given that he had been in his post for such a short time. He conceded that he may know little.
Then he went on: “But what I do know is a bit about is bad design. I live in a house which is very hot in the summer, very cold in the winter, the roof leaks like a sieve, and when I wanted to put a gas cooker into my kitchen at the back of the house the whole of the front of the house had to be dug up to put the piping in. Now, I can’t blame the developer and the planner for my house as it’s about 200 years old. But I know a bit about what bad design can mean for households and homeowners.”