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BILL LAUNCHED TO STOP HOUSEBUILDING IN BACK GARDENS

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A private members bill is being introduced in the Commons today to allow local authorities to refuse planning permi...
A private members bill is being introduced in the Commons today to allow local authorities to refuse planning permission for development in back gardens.

Conservative MP Greg Clark (Tunbridge Wells) is introducing the Protection of Private Gardens bill. He told BBC Radio Four this morning: 'Back gardens are considered to be brownfield sites in the planning system. It's almost impossible for local authorities to refuse planning permission when applications are put in'.

Mr Clark said there is a widespread problem of developers buying houses with a large garden, demolishing the existing property and building several high density houses or flats on the plot. The result is an increasing loss of green space in urban areas, he said. His bill will remove the brownfield classification from back gardens.

If local authorities refuse planning permission, the application is usually granted on appeal, Mr Clark said.

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