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Bill could spell end to garden grabs

GARDEN grabbing could soon come to an end thanks to the changes being made to the Planning Bill in the House of Lords.

GARDEN grabbing could soon come to an end thanks to the changes being made to the Planning Bill in the House of Lords.

The Garden Protection Bill will strengthen the local council's powers in protecting green space and gardens from developments.

This restricts the power of the Government from interfering in councils where characters of the neighbourhood are protected.

Conservative peers supported the amendment to the Planning Bill which will be brought back to the Commons on November 26th.

Caroline Spelman is leading the campaign for the bill to be passed and is delighted with the news.

She said: "This is really good news and makes my lengthy campaign to protect gardens from inappropriate development so worthwhile.

"Until now, Labour's rules have given a green light for garden grabbing and rich pickings for developers.

"This new Conservative law would increase protection for gardens and small urban green spaces, and leave local communities to decide what's best for their neighbourhood."

 

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