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Gove delivers ultimatum to 11 house builders

Levelling up and housing secretary Michael Gove has named 11 firms who have failed to sign a contract to repair homes with safety risks exposed by the Grenfell Tower fire.

So far 39 developers, including the top 10 biggest UK housebuilders, have signed the legally binding document, committing themselves to spending £2bn fixing unsafe buildings they developed or refurbished.

Mr Gove said the firms which have not yet signed had a week to do so or they would face being banned from building new homes in England.

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The firms named are Abbey Developments, Avant, Ballymore, Dandara, Emerson Group (Jones Homes), Galliard Homes, Inland Homes, Lendlease, London Square, Rydon Homes and Telford Homes.

Mr Gove said: ‘Those developers that we've invited to sign the remediation contract who have not agreed to live up to their responsibilities will not be eligible to join the responsible actors scheme.

‘They will not be able to commence new developments in England or receive building control approval for work that is already under way.’

He added that this was a ‘significant intervention in the market’ but ‘the magnitude of the crisis that we face and the depth of the suffering for all those affected has clearly justified a radical approach.’


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