What is Garden Grabbing?

Judith Thompson  18-08-2016

If you have a large garden, you might be thinking about whether you can make it work for you financially by building another property, or selling off part of your garden as a building plot. This has been popular in recent years, but in some areas has led to properties becoming more crowded, and of course, valuable green space being lost. 

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.

At Samuels Solicitors, we have a wealth of experience advising clients about issues concerning planning, building regulations and other property disputes.

We provide a free initial appraisal of any matter, and we support our clients with flexible funding options in respect of our fees wherever possible. If you are thinking about making an application for permission, or if you would like to appeal a planning refusal, get in touch. 

Contact us for a free discussion about your case. 


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