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London Plan Review - Supplementary

Question by Steve O'Connell

Steve O’Connell (AM): Picking up on the work around the London Plan, something that bedevils the quality of life of many people in the outer London boroughs is building on gardens, ‘garden grabbing’ to use a phrase, and that was an issue coming up very much in the previous months of the election. We very much welcome building in Croydon and Sutton. We very much welcome more affordable housing, appropriate affordable housing in the right places, for our families, affordable for our young families. There is certainly the issue around over-development of back gardens and the ruination of life around that which can happen and that is a major concern. I am excited by your commitment around addressing that issue and I would be interested really on your thoughts about how you propose, at this early stage, to address the issue of garden grabbing?

Answer by Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): As I say, I want to make sure that as we rewrite the London Plan - and I hope that I am going to have support at least from Nicky in this and hopefully from others - I think that we should specifically be writing into the London Plan the protection of back garden space so that there is a presumption in planning questions in favour of protecting back gardens with all the biodiversity, amenity and everything else that they provide. How about that? I think I have got the Greens with me there.

Darren Johnson (Deputy Chair): I am happy with that.

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