Harrow to consult on “Garden Grab” SPD

LB Harrow is to consult on a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) which looks to prevent what the council sees as unacceptable development in gardens.

The council says its SPD is a “guide to developers and landowners” as to what is and what is not acceptable garden development.

The SPD says that the presumption against development in gardens is not intended to stop people from building extensions to their homes or from carrying out conversions. It also makes an exception for ‘gap’ sites, where the housing on a street follows a consistent pattern and the site represents an obvious gap in that pattern.

Consultation will now be carried out on the draft SPD.

Harrow Council Portfolio Holder for Planning Cllr Keith Ferry said: “These developments can lead to very built up areas and have a detrimental impact on neighborhoods.”

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