Leeds councillor says rule-breaking builders should be 'named and shamed'

Builders who repeatedly break planning regulations should be publicly named and shamed, a senior Leeds councillor has suggested.

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

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Councillor Carter said his concerns related to landscaping work and planting around newbuilds and estates.

Andrew Carter, who leads the Conservative opposition on Leeds City Council, said rule-breaking builders should be publically named.

He appeared to suggest that in some cases developers were leaving work unfinished or in a poor state, claiming they “sign off on what they see as their landscaping responsibilities, clear off and refuse to come back”.

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

“Over the last few years I’ve repeatedly asked the planning committees to adopt a name-and-shame policy where builders who disregard planning regulations are named and shamed.

“Planning committees advise that that’s an unwise thing to do, so perhaps scrutiny committees could do it instead and name and shame these repeat offenders.

“It’s not helpful at all for people who’ve recently moved into their homes, whether they’ve bought or rented them.”