Garden Grabbing is Stopped

publication date: Jun 28, 2010
author/source: Kate Faulkner, Property Expert and Author of Which? Property Books

Garden Grabbing is Stopped

What is Garden Grabbing and the Pros and Cons of Garden Grabbing

The government’s rule change on housing is to take our much loved British gardens out of the land categorised as ‘brownfield’. But what does this mean?

Broadly, the new ruling means it will not be as easy to secure planning for new properties to be built in your or your neighbour’s back garden.

How Many Homes Are Built In Back Gardens?
According to the CLG (Communities), in 2008, 80 per cent of homes were built on brownfield, up from 56 per cent in 1997, but this included taking down old warehouses and building new estates or taking a derelict warehouse and turning it into trendy city centre flats. As gardens were classified as brownfield land too, and with many people selling up older homes or wanting to make a quick buck by selling off part or all of their garden, building new homes in people’s back gardens more than doubled from 11 per cent in 1997 to 23 per cent by 2008.

Latest Changes
The latest news from the coalition government confirms that plans are being made to take gardens out of the brownfield category, enabling local authorities to stop planning permission being given to development where local people object and want to protect the ‘character’ of their neighbourhood.

READ ON to find out What’s The Impact Of Building In Our Gardens and The Pros and Cons of garden development.

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