Minister calls a halt to “garden grabbing”

| June 9, 2010

The Government is giving local councils powers to prevent “garden grabbing”, whereby developers build homes on people’s gardens.

The land is currently classified as “brownfield” for planning purposes, falling into the same category as derelict industrial sites.

However, Minister for Decentralisation, Greg Clark, sees the practice as a threat to urban green space and is reclassifying garden land to make it easier for local councils to reject planning applications, where local people raise objections.

According to Mr Clark: “It is ridiculous that gardens have until now been classified in the same group as derelict factories and disused railway sidings, forcing councils and communities to sit by and watch their neighbourhoods get swallowed up in a concrete jungle.”

According to figures from the Department for Communities and Local Government, the number of homes built on previously residential land rose from one in 10 in 1997 to one in four in 2008.

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  1. Mrs Riches says:

    We received a letter on Friday telling us that in the gardens at the back of us they plan to build 8 semi-detached dwellings, as a group we intend to object, but will this new proposal by Greg Clark be to late for us.
    why do we keep having to fight.