‘Garden grab’ plan is rejected after concern

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Plans to build a four-bedroomed detached house on land alongside an existing home in Blackpool – dubbed ‘garden grabbing’ – have been turned down by councillors.

Blackpool Council’s planning committee refused the application for land within the grounds of 64 Preston Old Road in Marton.

The application had been recommended for approval by town hall planners.

A report to the committee said: “It is somewhat ambiguous whether or not the land forms part of the garden curtilage to number 64 Preston Old Road but, in any event, the council does not have any planning policies that would specifically preclude ‘garden grabbing’ and in this case number 64 Preston Old Road would be left with both front and rear gardens.”

Objections to the scheme had been submitted from five neighbours living in Canterbury Close, Crosby Grove and Preston Old Road, citing concerns over loss of privacy, inadequate parking, and that the plot was too small for the proposed new house.