As many of you know this borough accepts that some basement extensions can be approved without the need or the restriction of a planning permission through the permitted development rights. We have fought a long battle with the borough over this concept. As it currently stands certain basements can be built without any planning control. Without getting into whether a basement should be or should not be, the main problem is through permitted development, there are no means to control traffic, construction noise or nuisance, EcoHome requirements or any other of the controls which planning can and should apply.
Can we ask that you read the following and write to our own MP and Karen Buck supporting this bill?
On 12 November Karen Buck, the Labour MP for Westminster North, introduced a Private Members’ Bill under the Ten Minute Rule, which received its First Reading accordingly. The Bill has not yet (as of 14 November) been printed, so we do not know exactly what it will contain, but the general purpose is evidently to make it easier for local authorities to control and restrict basement developments. Ms Buck’s speech in the House of Commons can be read here:
The Bill is supported by 8 other London MPs: Sir Malcolm Rifkind (Kensington), Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster), Glenda Jackson (Hampstead and Kilburn), Frank Dobson (Holborn and St Pancras), Barry Gardiner (Brent North), Gareth Thomas (Harrow West), Clive Efford (Eltham) and Andy Slaughter (Hammersmith). The first two are Conservatives, the others Labour. We imagine that the reason for the non-inclusion of our MP, Greg Hands, is that he is a Government whip (recently promoted to Deputy Chief Whip).
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