Over 70 local residents turn out to back Steve McCabe’s Bill to #ProtectOurHomes

Over 70 local residents turned out on Saturday 7 November to attend a meeting organised by local MP Steve McCabe (Birmingham Selly Oak) to show support for The Protection of Family Homes (enforcement and permitted development) 10 Minute Rule Bill.


Steve McCabe MP is bringing forward a 10 Minute Rule Bill in the House of Commons to protect family homes from rogue landlords and cowboy builders who are buying up family homes and extending them without permission and without thought for their neighbours and communities. 


Residents told Steve how their streets have been taken over by rogue landlords and cowboy builders. On Gristhorpe Road in Selly Oak residents are living in fear of For Sale signs going up as developers have bought family homes and built unsightly extensions without planning permission. The Council are taking some action on these breaches and Steve hopes they will be followed through and the extensions taken down.


Other residents told the meeting how a developer told neighbours they intended to build a games room in the garden under the guise of permitted development, but in actual fact a self-contained flat was built to pack more students into the property to maximise the landlord’s profits.


There were many more worrying stories about landlords ignoring planning rules.


Steve McCabe MP said:

“It was really great to see so many people come out and show their support for the Bill, it just shows that these issues need tackling and can’t be ignored any longer.


“The community made clear that they are not against students and often worry about the standard of housing they are expected to live in, but they are fed up of rogue landlords and cowboy builders who exploit permitted development to maximise their profits and get away with it because of lack of meaningful enforcement action by the planning authority.


“This Bill isn’t about bashing the Council, I want to see the Council have more effective powers to bring these people to task. One of the proposals in the Bill is to allow the Council to fine developers who build beyond the limits of permitted development or don’t bother to seek planning permission. Something like that would show these people who continue to flout the rules they can’t get away with it.”


Please continue to show your support for the Bill by tweeting Steve using #ProtectOurHomes


Photograph taken by Francis Clarke Photography

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