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Garden grabbing concerns raised by new figures

The percentage of new homes built on previously residential land – which includes back gardens – has increased to 25 per cent, up 14 percentage points since 1997, when only one in ten homes was built on similar land.

Last month, Greg Clark changed the planning rules to give councils new powers to prevent unwanted garden grabbing by taking gardens out of the brownfield category that includes derelict factories and disused railway sidings.

Many councils had been left frustrated at the increasing amount of inappropriate development on gardens which they have been unable to prevent. Taking gardens out of the brownfield category will dramatically transform councils’ ability to prevent unwanted development on gardens where local people object and protect the character of their neighbourhoods.

Mr Clark said:

"For years local people were powerless to do anything about the blight of garden grabbing as the character of their neighbourhoods was destroyed and their wishes ignored.

"We can see from these statistics that last year an even higher proportion of homes were built on previously residential land, which includes back gardens. Building on gardens robs communities of green breathing space, safe places for children to play and havens for urban wildlife.

"It was ridiculous that gardens were classified in the same group as derelict factories and disused railway sidings. Now we’ve changed the classification of garden land, councils and communities will no longer have their decisions constantly overruled, and will have the power to work with industry to shape future development that is appropriate for their area."

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  1. Major Landlord says:

    Thank goodness for this new Conservative policy. It’s hard to know who to blame most for the obscene situation we have had to endure for years:
    – greedy, inconsiderate owners who sell off gardens for development, pocket the money free of capital gains tax, then sell out and move on leaving their neighbours with a block of flats over the garden fence
    – councils, who love to blame government policy, but are really only too happy to accept “bungs” from developers for their road funds, etc and increase their council tax revenues, while destroying the character of an area and causing parking mayhem and school overcrowding
    – developers, who often sneak their projects through under the guise of “affordable housing”, but then sell at inflated prices which are always higher than local resales price levels. They care nothing for the people who buy their new matchboxes (we currently have a new development of 3/4/5 bed houses being built in our village, with NO GARDENS!!!!), or the destruction of the neighbourhood, or the excessive strain on roads, schools, water supplies and drainage.

    But now it’s going to STOP. And not a moment too soon.