Cracks in walls, leaks and disconnected pipes are just some of the major defects owners of poorly built new homes have to worry about.

David Johnston, MP for Wantage and Didcot, has called for change on bad practices from developers after noticing the "distress" buying poor quality new build homes has caused his constituents.

In Parliament Mr Johnston raised the difficulties that his constituents have had with poor quality new builds, which they struggle to get repaired after moving in.

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The MP said: “They often have major defects. They are chucked up quite quickly with poor quality materials. When people move in, they find they have got problems with their walls, problems with leaks, pipes that are not connected, the house is not connected to the sewage system properly.”

He added: “People who have bought their brand-new dream home end up spending three or four years living a nightmare where they are trying to get these things fixed.”

The MP has said that is it "unacceptable" that people are living with these problems. He explained when home owners raise problems with the builder, sometimes they will blame the contractor for the defects and sometimes they will say that there is nothing wrong.

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In Parliament Mr Johnston said: "This is not like buying a cheap version of something on eBay, half-expecting that there might be something wrong with it. This is the biggest purchase that any of us will make, and we do not expect to then have years of trying to sort out the problems with it."

The home owners affected by the poor quality building have chosen to remain anonymous.

Mr Johnston and the owners of these homes are also frustrated that some of these new homes are damaging to the environment and will need to be retrofitted in the coming years.

However, it is not just the poor quality of the homes that the MP wants to change. Mr Johnston also wants to see more infrastructure for the new homes that are built.

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In Parliament Mr Johnston said: "The two district councils that my constituency covers are, relative to their size, in the top 10 areas for house building in the country, yet they are in the bottom third for infrastructure spending."

He highlighted that the Wantage and Grove area will increase from a population of 17,000 to 27,000 over a ten year period, but that not enough new schools and GP surgeries have been built to accommodate for this.

Mr Johnston said: “It gets harder to get a GP appointment, the roads get busier, and it is harder to get your children into the local school and we just get loads of the houses but none of the infrastructure improvement.”

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