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Back gardens being replaced with houses

New figures from the Local Government and the Department for Communities show that the rate of garden building was almost three times the national average in some regions of England during 2009.

Until June of this year, gardens were officially known as brown-field sites, which made it easier for builders to get permission for the sites.

Overall, a quarter of the new homes that were constructed on residential land such a back gardens, which is twice the rate that were built over garden land before the Labour party took control in 1997.

In particular, the rates were highest in certain areas of England such as in the Chilterns where about 71% of all new homes were constructed over top of gardens compared to 22% during the year of 1997.

Additionally, in Sevenoaks and South Buckinghamshire around 72% of all new homes were built atop of gardens compared to 24% in 1997 before Labour was in control.

The garden grabbing rate is even twice as high the national average in Runnymede, New Forest, Worthing, Winchester, and Bournemouth and all of the rates in these areas doubled compared to the rates in 1997.

Decentralisation Minister, Greg Clark, stated in June that gardens would not be classified as brownfield any longer in an attempt to stop gardens from being developed into homes so that the character of local neighborhoods could be preserved.

He added that building on gardens takes away to green breathing space in communities and urban wildlife havens.


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