Draft London Plan - threat of 'garden grabbing

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-12-14
Session date: 
December 14, 2017
Reference: 
2017/4981
Question By: 
Caroline Russell
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

The current London Plan policy says: "Boroughs may in their LDFs introduce a presumption against development on back gardens or other private residential gardens…". Why does your draft London Plan not include an equivalent presumption to prevent 'garden grabbing' from inappropriate extensions and development?

Answer

Answer for Draft London Plan - threat of 'garden grabbing

Answer for Draft London Plan - threat of 'garden grabbing

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Londoners have always been able to develop on a proportion of their back gardens under the government's permitted development rights. My new draft London Plan seeks to meet housing need by making the best use of available land without encroaching on designated open space and by ensuring there is sufficient space available for other essential land uses, including employment and infrastructure. Where small-scale development that requires planning permission results in a loss of green cover, my new Plan goes further than the old Plan by stipulating that this should be fully mitigated to ensure that there is no overall net loss of green cover. This provides a more practical approach to manage what is already happening across London, but importantly ensures this form of development actually results in additional homes that benefit Londoners.