A second story from The Times today is particularly relevant to the Thanet experience.
“Up to 20,000 new homes each year that ministers claim are going up on brownfield sites are actually being built in back gardens, figures show.
“Garden grabbing” now accounts for 15 per cent of all new housing as family homes in towns and suburbs are pulled down by developers and replaced with flats.”
Homeowners, especially those with large gardens, are frequently targeted by developers who make extravagant offers with the intention of building flats on the site.
Because the Government has classified homes and gardens as brownfield sites, there is always a presumption that planning applications should be approved at appeal
Although neighbours usually object, - remember Sea Tower in Westgate - local authorities are reluctant to turn down planning applications for flats because time and again they lose on appeal when the developers take the case to the department.