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MP Robert Halfon asks Prime Minister to take action over Persimmon Hones in Gilden Park

News / Wed 17th Jul 2019 am31 11:52am

HARLOW MP Robert Halfon has slammed the quality of housing at the Gilden Park development in Harlow at Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons this afternoon.

Mr Halfon said: “Prime Minster, on Saturday, I met a group of residents, many of them on Help to Buy schemes, who have moved into homes built by Persimmon that are shoddily built, suffering from damp and crumbling walls.

“In the eyes of my residents, Persimmon are crooks, cowboys and con artists.

Will my Right Hon Friend, the Prime Minister, hold this company to account, make sure residents get proper compensation and urge the chief executive to come to Harlow to meet with me and these families.

“Persimmon Homes should not behave in this way.

The prime minister replied: “My Right Honourable friend makes a very important point that as we increase the housing supply, the quality of new build homes continues to improve.

“We do expect good quality homes and we have set out our plans for a New Homes Ombudsman, to protect the rights of homebuyers and hold developers to account.

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7 Comments for MP Robert Halfon asks Prime Minister to take action over Persimmon Hones in Gilden Park:

MickyB77
2019-07-17 16:10:19

Are we to assume then, that our Labour council weren't aware of the shoddy, and second rate work-manship on this new, Pentonville prison copy of an estate. How many "homes" are actually faulty ? How come building inspectors didn't notice anything amiss ? Heads must roll. But whose ?

Jon
2019-07-17 16:43:21

Planning permission was given directly by the Conservative secretary of State, Eric Pickles. Help to buy, which doesn’t help those most in need and has driven up prices and driven down standards was introduced by the Conservative government. The Conservative government watered down local Authority powers. Developers can use private building control inspectors and are under no obligation to use council inspectors. But yes, let’s blame the council. #facepalm

kthe5
2019-07-17 18:37:33

From this : http://www.yourharlow.com/2019/05/31/harlow-mp-robert-halfon-takes-tour-of-gilden-way/ Presumably Robert Halfon is much happier singing the praises of Barrat Homes for some bizzare reason. Barrat Homes has a one star 74% bad rating on Trustpilot. Amazingly on the very same Trustpilot Persimmon has a whole 2 star rating, and 'only' 55% bad reviews. Both are patheticly bad, with Robert Halfon's choice Barrat Homes much worse. By this measure, if Persimmon is so bad why isn't Robert Halfon also saying how bad Barrat Homes are when they have a much lower rating? Why was Robert Halfon so pleased to see the houses built by Barratt Homes when they have a much, much lower rating than Persimmon?

MickyB77
2019-07-18 05:04:56

So Jon, are you attempting to pull the wool a bit ? An estate of this magnitude without any controls by council, or a n other, just get on with it. I think not. Nothing to do with Harlow council, and it's all the fault of the Tories from actions taken some 20 yrs ago. Very dedicated to the cause then.

Jon
2019-07-20 17:45:48

Micky. Everything in my post is factually accurate. As for ‘actions taken 20 years ago’ - what are talking about? The actions I refer to, the changes to planning law, the introduction of help to buy, Pickles approving the development overriding the Council’s objections, removing powers from councils, have happened in the last 7 years.

MickyB77
2019-07-21 05:32:57

You're confused Jon. Not factually accurate, in fact. Who is responsible for new build quality ? According to you, nobody. Bizarre, to say the least.

MickyB77
2019-07-22 05:07:33

Everything in your post is factually, actually, wrong. All matters re; housing inspection, was handed back to councils last year, according to the press.

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