There has been a mixed response about garden grabbing and the decision by the government to eliminate density targets and abolish garden grabbing. They plan to do so by declassifying gardens as brownfield land, land on which construction will take place. This in effect could lead to less land being available for sale and hence to less homes being constructed while there is a housing shortage in the UK.
Decentralization Minister Greg Clark of the Coalition Government wants power to be put in the hands of local authorities and communities, thereby enabling local councils and local citizens to determine what projects are permitted in their area, what land is being sold and how applications are to be determined.Land for Sale Near Me offers excellent info on this.
In June, former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott set off a class war with an assault on the decision to avoid’ garden picking’ He accused bankers, millionaires and particularly the Conservatives on live radio of thawing people on the dole and rising housing numbers. Garden picking happens when people purchase a large property confident in the knowledge that once the planning permission is obtained they will be able to make a huge profit. Then they put the land up for sale at a much higher rate or they want to develop themselves.
Nearly a quarter of all new homes were constructed on residential plots in the last twelve years. In middle-class communities, this has generated a lot of frustration and puts pressure on land, highways, transportation, and other resources including schools and hospitals.
Although developers hope the reform in the law will increase housing scarcity, environmentalists in the countryside believe the danger to the green belt will also increase. There is insufficient land for sale, so construction may need to expand to more rural areas.
It was John Prescott who introduced the planning rules which permitted and encouraged the use of gardens for new homes. Yet Tory MP Zac Goldsmith feels the need to preserve the gardens, not grow them on.
Nevertheless, what is evident is that there is a distinct lack of quality land for sale on which to build. There’s a housing shortage and so they have to be built somewhere to accommodate our ever-increasing population. It remains to be seen whether the construction takes place in large plots of garden or extends into the green belt.