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The shoddy quality of many British new-build houses is a disgrace—but one that has begun to be addressed. Now, cuts and a loosening of regulations could make things worse

By Ben Rogers   177

Pleasing development: the Accordia project, in Cambridge, became the first housing scheme to win the Royal Institute of British Architects’ Stirling prize in 2008

Given the choice, which would you rather have, a new book or a used one? Some new pairs of socks, or old ones? A second-hand car or the latest model? New every time, right? But now try this: a brand new house or an old one? If you’re like most of us, you’d prefer an old house to a newly constructed one. Only a third of Britons will even consider buying a new-build.

It’s tempting to…

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