Loss of green space in gardens

Meeting: 
MQT on 2012-03-14
Session date: 
March 14, 2012
Reference: 
2012/1006
Question By: 
Jenny Jones
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

The London Garden City 2010 study reported that green garden space two and a half times the size of Hyde Park is being lost in London every year. Would you agree with me that planning controls are now required to limit the amount of hard or impermeable surface that is permitted in back gardens?

Answer

Answer for Loss of green space in gardens

Answer for Loss of green space in gardens

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am strongly committed to the value of back gardens, and in the London Plan provide support for the introduction of presumptions against their development where local evidence exists to support this. I do not, however, think that it is practical to use planning controls to limit the amount of hard or impermeable surfacing permitted in back gardens, not least given the inevitable difficulty of enforcement. I do support initiatives such as London Wildlife Trust's 'Gardening for a Living London'. This aims to highlight the importance of London's gardens to wildlife and to people, especially in urban areas, in helping to reduce the impacts of climate change.