Garden Grabbing – New Rules for Home Owners


The Sunday Telegraph property section can claim a bit-part in this week’s announcement that “garden-grabbing” – the practice whereby developers build in the back gardens of existing homes — is to be discouraged. In 2002 we covered the story of a group of Tunbridge Wells residents aggrieved at plans to build flats opposite their homes. Although not technically garden-grabbing — the site was previously BT offices and a car park — the case galvanised local opinion against high-density residential development in the town and inspired Greg Clark , the town’s MP from 2005 and now minister for planning, to make the issue a personal crusade.


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