Evennett welcomes Government action to prevent garden grabbing

The Coalition Government has today started to implement changes to national planning policies to help prevent garden grabbing and give councils more flexibility on the density of housing developments.

In a written statement published today, Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, the Minister for Decentralisation, said that national planning guidance on housing would be changed so that private residential gardens would not be classed as previously developed land, and the indicative minimum housing density would be scrapped.

Commenting on the changes, David Evennett MP said “The previous Labour Government allowed too many green spaces, including back gardens, to be built on, and permitted too many high density developments.

“These changes are welcome, as they put greater power in the hands of locally elected councils to prevent garden grabbing and overdevelopment”.

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