In the drive to provide thousands of new homes, the building giants have been handed unprecedented power and influence. How wise is that? By Sarah Lonsdale

John Prescott’s drive to build thousands more houses in the South-East is in danger of becoming a “developers’ free-for-all”, with housebuilders taking increasing control of the planning, design and inspection process as local authorities struggle to keep up with the pace dictated by the Government.

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