A wheelie good idea? Eric Pickles wants bin stores added to new homes
Storage space for outdoor bins and boxes should be built into all new homes, communities secretary Eric Pickles has said.
He wants to end the scourge of "bin-blighted" streets in England and is set to issue planning guidance encouraging developers to create space in properties to hide bins away.
The guidance, to be published next week, will warn house builders that "unsightly bins left lying around the neighbourhood can damage the visual amenity of an area".
"Carefully planned bin storage is, therefore, important," it says. "Each dwelling should have enough storage space for all the different types of bin used in the local authority area."
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Mr Pickles said: "This Government is standing up for hard-working people and getting rid of barmy bin policies which made families' lives hell. I want to make sure families get a proper rubbish and recycling collection service for the large amount of money they have to pay in council tax.
"For years, badly-placed wheelie bins and the proliferation of multiple bins have created a blot on the landscape. In streets up and down the country, ugly bin clutter has ruined the street scene and the look of people's homes and gardens.
"By ensuring that developers create appropriate waste storage areas when designing new homes, we can tackle the ghastly gauntlet of bin blighted streets and driveways."
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