Ms Karen Buck has presented a Bill to regulate the construction of new basements and extensions to basements. Buck stated that "What no one could have foreseen is the impact that that would have in certain neighbourhoods in my constituency, and particularly elsewhere in central London, which is shocking even the most zealous advocates of planning deregulation. The grounds for such deregulation have literally, as well as metaphorically, been cut from underneath the feet of those advocates",
She added: "The fact is that only a change in the law can help local councils do what they want to do to protect their residents. They need - our urban neighbourhoods and their residents need - statutory protection to underpin policies that would, for example, limit excavations to one storey and ensure that they are not built under listed buildings, that they do not take up more than 50 per cent of gardens, that traffic management plans are in place, that the amount of space that is taken up is reduced from the current 85 per cent, that they require the compulsory installation of pumps to prevent flooding from sewers, and much more".
The Bill will be read a second time on Friday 22 November 2013.
Date: 12/11/2013 Bill presented to House of Commons
Author: House of Commons
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