Tory Government planning policy, allowing developers to pack tiny unliveable homes into former office blocks by avoiding full scrutiny by local councils planning departments, is unacceptable and leads to poor developments says Abbey Councillor and Executive Councillor for Housing, Richard Johnson.

Cllr Johnson says: “Cambridge needs more affordable but decent housing, and making money out of cramming people into absurdly cramped units should be condemned as short-sighted and totally unacceptable.” He points to the recent example of a developer attempting to bypass normal planning rules to impose a high-density residential conversion of the Murdoch House office block on Garlic Row.

“In contrast, our Labour Council is rolling out over 540 good quality low carbon homes for council rent and has plans for a further 1000 ultra-low or net-zero homes by 2032. This is the proper and sustainable way to help solve the affordable housing crisis.”

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