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London mayor warns further planning reform risks 'garden grabbing'

London mayor Boris Johnson has hit out at government plans to extend permitted development rights for homes and businesses, claiming it could lead to ‘garden grabbing’

Opponents to the new planning reforms already include several local authorities and the Local Government Association.

Responding to a written question from Green Party London assembly member Jenny Jones, Johnson said: ‘More generous permitted development rights, whilst welcome in principle, could therefore lead to the loss of this valuable space with adverse impacts on the quality of life of residents and renewed attempts at “garden grabbing”.’

He added: ‘I have advised government that I want to give further consideration to application of its proposal in the distinct circumstances of London.’
Jones responded: ‘Some councils in London [Sutton & Richmond] have made it clear that they have every intention of defying the government on relaxing planning laws on extensions.

‘Now the mayor has also stated that this policy could lead to further loss of London gardens. It will be interesting to see if the mayor and London Councils will try to use the rules in the London Plan to block the government.’

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