What is Garden Grabbing?

Judith Thompson

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The government has made attempts in recent years to stop people increasing the density of housing in residential areas by building in the gardens of residential dwelling houses. This practice has become known as "garden grabbing". 

However, in January of this year, the High Court found that residential gardens outside of built up areas should be defined as brownfield land.

The London Borough Council in question (Dartford) has sought permission to appeal against this decision, saying that the issue of whether land should be classed as brownfield or greenfield land is one of wider national importance which can have a significant impact upon whether or not planning permission is obtained for the proposed development.

It is not yet known when Dartford Borough Council’s appeal will be heard.

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