DC Casebook: Housing: New Build - Garden length amenity standard backed

An inspector has refused to delete a condition stipulating minimum garden length for a new home in north London due to the impact on future residents' living conditions and the area's character.

Nearby semi-detached houses all had rear gardens 20m long. At the appeal site, the rear garden had been truncated to 8m to provide a separate development plot across the back. The council's amenity space standards required a minimum rear garden depth of 11m where a site faced land capable of future residential development.

The inspector observed that the 11m standard already represented a substantial reduction on the depth of garden typical in the area. He considered that any further reduction would restrict the reasonable outdoor living conditions of future residents and appear constrained in the more spacious layout of the immediate area.

Inspector: Colin Tyrrell; Written representations


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