Flooding - Changes to Permitted Development Rights on garden extensions

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-02-26
Session date: 
February 26, 2014
Reference: 
2014/0675
Question By: 
Jenny Jones
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

The ongoing floods and the serious threats they now pose highlight the crucial role that green spaces will increasingly play in absorbing and slowing rainfall from entering overwhelmed drainage and watercourses and preventing local and downstream flooding. To slow down the rate and scale of loss of garden space in London, will you ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles, to suspend his shortsighted policy of allowing the doubling of the size of conservatories and extensions that are permitted within development rights?

Answer

Answer for Flooding - Changes to Permitted Development Rights on garden extensions

Answer for Flooding - Changes to Permitted Development Rights on garden extensions

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I have already made clear to government my concerns over the extension of  Permitted Development rights for back garden development and advised that in a dense and highly populated conurbation like London, gardens make a major contribution not just to people's amenity but also to addressing wider policy objectives to address climate change mitigation and bio diversity.

Planning permission is not necessarily required to pave rear gardens but in accordance with my London Plan policy 3.5 boroughs are supported if they wish to introduce policies with a presumption against development on back gardens or other private residential gardens where this can be locally justified. In addition Policy 5.13 - Sustainable drainage encourages SUDS in development and Policy 5.11 encourages boroughs to seek green roofs from smaller developments.  Boroughs can also introduce Article 4 Directions to limit the size of extension permitted without the need for planning permissions.