Latest figures have shown that three out of four new homes built in some parts of the country last year, were built on back gardens. The figures from the Department for Communities and Local Government found that in the most sought after areas of the country, the rate of garden building was three times the average.
In the past, gardens were classified as brownfield sites, which makes them easier to get planning permission for building. In June this year, the government said that gardens would no longer be brownfield in an attempt to slow down the use of gardens for building.
Greg Clark, the Decentralisation minister commented that building on gardens robs the community of green spaces and places for wildlife. The move has been welcomed by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds who say that these new measures will protect the eco-system which exists in UK gardens.
Across the whole country, 25% of new homes were built on residential land, but in the Chilterns, the figure was an incredible 71%. South Buckinghamshire, Sevenoaks, The New Forest and Bournemouth all had higher than average “garden grabbing” figures.