Changes to Permitted Development Rights - impact on gardens

Meeting: 
MQT on 2012-09-19
Session date: 
September 19, 2012
Reference: 
2012/2451
Question By: 
Jenny Jones
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Are you concerned that the Government's proposal to allow an extension or conservatory of up to eight metres to be built within permitted development rights, up from the current four metre limit, will significantly increase the rate and scale of loss of green space in London gardens? Have you been consulted on these proposed changes?

Answer

Answer for Changes to Permitted Development Rights - impact on gardens

Answer for Changes to Permitted Development Rights - impact on gardens

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I have already advised Government that in a dense and highly populated conurbation like London, the contribution gardens make to people's amenity, climate change mitigation and bio diversity cannot be under-estimated.

More generous permitted development rights, whilst welcome in principle, could therefore lead to the loss of this valuable space with adverse impacts on the quality of life of residents and renewed attempts at 'garden grabbing'.

I have advised Government that I want to give further consideration to application of its proposal in the distinct circumstances of London.