Backgarden developments

MQT on 2009-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2009
Question By: 
Victoria Borwick
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


There is concern in Harrow that developers building on backgardens will damage the character and biodiversity of the area, does the Mayor consider that the wording in the latest draft of the London Plan around the presumption against development on backgardens is sufficient to allow local authority planning committees to turn down application without fear of them being overturned on appeal?


Answer for Backgarden developments

Answer for Backgarden developments

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The draft replacement London Plan is currently out for public consultation, and I will consider carefully the point you make. The wording used in the draft Plan is intended to support local presumptions against back-garden development where local circumstances mean this can be shown to be appropriate. It will provide greater weight for local planning committees should they wish to refuse such proposals.

As an interim measure until my replacement Plan is formally published, I have also issued draft revised Supplementary Planning Guidance on implementation of the current London Plan (consolidated with Alterations since 2004 and published in 2008) so that it can be used more effectively to address concerns over loss of back-gardens.

It should be borne in mind that all planning decisions must be considered on their merits so that neither the proposed wording of the replacement Plan nor the draft interim SPG can be considered justification 'to turn down application(s) without fear of them being overturned on appeal'.