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06 May 2014
Councils are being pressurised by central government into granting planning permission
SIR – I share Brian May’s anger over basement development, which is happening in countless London streets.
In our road, three basements are being built simultaneously. This means months of drilling; there are also fewer parking spaces as they are taken up with skips, or bays are blocked off while materials are delivered. Wandsworth council says it can do nothing about it since planning laws allow basements, and they cannot be opposed. It refuses to stagger them.
Soon our annual street party – normally a joyous occasion – will split between basements and non-basements, and there will be a fight.
Mike Griffith }London SW11