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RTPI responds to 'garden-grabbing' announcement

10 June 2010

The Royal Town Planning Institute has responded to today's announcement from Decentralisation Minister Greg Clark that he has re-issued 'Planning Policy Statement 3: Housing (PPS3)' to 'decentralise the planning system by giving Local Authorities the freedom to prevent overdevelopment of neighbourhoods and 'garden grabbing.'

The new national policy means that the definition of previously developed land now excludes private residential gardens, and the national indicative minimum density of 30 dwellings per hectare is deleted.

Matt Thomson, Head of Policy at the RTPI said:

\"Today's announcement is to be welcomed for clarifying the existing policy which does allow councils to manage back garden development and avoid town cramming.

Previous government policy was intended to prevent urban spawl and development in the countryside.

We believe these measures will encourage councils to use their powers to protect the character of residential neighbourhoods but the impact on councils' ability to protect open space, green belt and countryside will need to be monitored.\"