Towns ‘scarred’ by new homes, claims housing minister

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Esther McVey rounds on architects and planners

Housing minister Esther McVey has accused architects and planners of “scarring” towns with new homes that have no regard to what people actually want to live in.

In a foreword to a collection of essays on how to build beautiful homes published by right-wing think tank Policy Exchange, McVey said beauty had been neglected in policy-making, allowing “too many of our proud towns to be scarred by architects and planners who have no regard for what local residents want”.

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