Back garden development (1)

MQT on 2013-05-22
Session date: 
May 22, 2013
Question By: 
Navin Shah
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Are you satisfied by the Government's compromise regarding permitted development rights for back garden extensions?


Answer for Back garden development (1)

Answer for Back garden development (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

As you know, I expressed strong concerns to Government over its original proposals regarding permitted development rights for rear extensions particularly because of the way they might undermine my policy to enable boroughs to protect back gardens, a matter of particular concern in densely developed places like London. I welcome the Government's introduction of mandatory neighbour consultation and a system of prior approval when objections are raised; I also intend to work with the London boroughs to monitor the effects of the changes to permitted development rights to assess the impacts that these new permitted development might have on strategic concerns such as 'garden grabbing'.