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    "Hands off our gardens!" Campaign gathers pace

    You know, it really doesn't surprise me that these 'developers' are now attempting to build houses on gardens. I have always stipulated that, where there's a blade of grass, they'll try to build a house on it! However, it still makes me very angry. And why should we need more and more houses? There's this insatiable demand for housing going on, although, as we are told, our population is in decline!!! They blame it on 'more single person households'. Sounds like a load of crap to me. Where will it all end? When everywhere is just concrete? Then they'll probaby have invented new engineering techniques where they'll be able to build higher up, so there'll be enormous skyscrapers crammed full of people all over the place...eyes: :runaway



    Campaigners are fighting development eating into the urban green space provided by back gardens, currently classed as brownfield land.


    Should large gardens be re-developed to make space for new housing?

    The "Hands off my back garden" campaign aims to prevent the phenomenon of developers buying up houses with large gardens then building over the back gardens.

    As the profit made in such operations is substantial, the only way of curbing the concreting over Britain's back gardens is to re-classify them as greenfield sites, thus affording them some protection from development, campaigners say.

    But others have argued that cities becoming denser - which entails the re-development of back gardens - is the only alternative to urban sprawl and concreting over the countryside, given that much-needed new housing must be placed somewhere.

    The Liberal Democrats, who have tabled a bill to remove gardens from the list of browfield sites, are taking the campaign to town centres across the country with the next gathering expected this weekend in Epsom, Surrey.

    The Ten Minute Bill to re-define back gardens as greenfield land, introduced last month, will get a second hearing on June 15th 2007.

    "It's shocking that this is going on but it may only be the tip of the iceberg. Losing green space that is the equivalent of 2,755 Wembley pitches will have a devastating affect on many areas of life, not least the environment, children's health and everybody's quality of life," said Greg Clark, Conservative MP for Tunbridge Wells.

    Dr Susan Kay-Williams, chief executive of the Garden Organic charity which supports the campaign, said: "With over 15 per cent of new homes being built on previously residential areas and with building land in urban areas becoming harder to come by, the practice of garden grabbing isn't going to go away and can only get worse."

    "We understand the need for more housing but it needs to be suitable for the local populace so that families and communities can have access to gardens.

    "By giving the decision-making power back to local authorities, the needs and circumstances of local people can be taken into account."

    Garden Organic has launched an online petition to support the campaign. More information on the Hands off our back gardens campaign can be found here.
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    Hands off our Gardens

    This sounds like a great 'grassroots' campaign.
    Campaign against "browfield gardens" gathers pace (16 March 2007)

    Campaigners are fighting development eating into the urban green space provided by back gardens, currently classed as brownfield land.


    Should large gardens be re-developed to make space for new housing?

    The "Hands off my back garden" campaign aims to prevent the phenomenon of developers buying up houses with large gardens then building over the back gardens.

    As the profit made in such operations is substantial, the only way of curbing the concreting over Britain's back gardens is to re-classify them as greenfield sites, thus affording them some protection from development, campaigners say.

    But others have argued that cities becoming denser - which entails the re-development of back gardens - is the only alternative to urban sprawl and concreting over the countryside, given that much-needed new housing must be placed somewhere.

    The Liberal Democrats, who have tabled a bill to remove gardens from the list of browfield sites, are taking the campaign to town centres across the country with the next gathering expected this weekend in Epsom, Surrey.

    The Ten Minute Bill to re-define back gardens as greenfield land, introduced last month, will get a second hearing on June 15th 2007.

    "It's shocking that this is going on but it may only be the tip of the iceberg. Losing green space that is the equivalent of 2,755 Wembley pitches will have a devastating affect on many areas of life, not least the environment, children's health and everybody's quality of life," said Greg Clark, Conservative MP for Tunbridge Wells.

    Dr Susan Kay-Williams, chief executive of the Garden Organic charity which supports the campaign, said: "With over 15 per cent of new homes being built on previously residential areas and with building land in urban areas becoming harder to come by, the practice of garden grabbing isn't going to go away and can only get worse."

    "We understand the need for more housing but it needs to be suitable for the local populace so that families and communities can have access to gardens.

    "By giving the decision-making power back to local authorities, the needs and circumstances of local people can be taken into account."

    Garden Organic has launched an online petition to support the campaign. More information on the Hands off our back gardens campaign can be found
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    Sv: Hands off our Gardens

    Quote Originally Posted by ladybright View Post
    "It's shocking that this is going on but it may only be the tip of the iceberg. Losing green space that is the equivalent of 2,755 Wembley pitches will have a devastating affect on many areas of life, not least the environment, children's health and everybody's quality of life," said Greg Clark, Conservative MP for Tunbridge Wells.
    I say it´s no coincidence that I am a conservative. I love my garden wich besides the pleasure of working with it gives me apples, grapes, rasberries, currant, strawberries, gooseberry, potatoes and spices.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Willow
    Where will it all end? When everywhere is just concrete? Then they'll probaby have invented new engineering techniques where they'll be able to build higher up, so there'll be enormous skyscrapers crammed full of people all over the place...eyes: :runaway


    Greetings Willow, it will probably end like you said, when its all concrete, and when they ve made that much of a mess, they will up sticks with the money made selling land, and end up on some tropical island somewhere. It makes you sick!!!!

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    Re: Hands off our Gardens

    This is inevitable.

    On the one hand, the densely populated SE of England (as well as other areas) has a rising population thru immigration. And at the same time house prices have risen dramatically since the mid 1990s.

    Property developers are reacting in the way they know best. If they cannot maximise the use of their land then house prices will be even higher.

    Why are these politicians not managing immigration? Why do they concentrate all the machinery of government in Southern England (London), thus creating added pressure? It is easier for them to blame the "evil" developers.

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