Backland Development & Tandem Planning

Backland development (often referred to as tandem development) refers to land set back behind existing properties often existing houses.

Backland Development & Tandem Planning

Backland development (often referred to as tandem development) refers to land set back behind existing properties often existing houses, utilising brownfield or garden land generally with limited street frontage.

While many developments, including outbuildings and annexes may comply with local planning policy, creating a self-contained use or separate planning unit on garden/ backland development as a tandem arrangement is often contrary to local planning policy.

As specialist planning consultants we have considerable experience and expertise in a wide range of backland development or tandem projects in garden land or brownfield plots.

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The issues with backland development

While some local authorities, particularly in cities including London may have pro-active policies to allow such tandem development; many authorities do not.

The main concerns are often access, noise and impact on neighbouring properties.

Our experience of backland development and tandem sites can guide you through this complex area of planning law.

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Disclaimer: This page provides an introduction only and is not a definitive statement of the law and should therefore not be relied upon. The information above relates to England only. Policies across the rest of the UK may differ. Contact your Local Planning Authority for advice and confirmation before any works are carried out. All images used are for illustrative purposes only. Read the full disclaimer here.

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