[diggers350] Diggers - One house per acre

Tony Gosling tony at gaia.org
Tue Mar 2 20:17:12 GMT 1999

ST GEORGES HILL - A planning history - The 1993 Elmbridge development
plan has a stipulation that no building plot on St George's Hill should
be less than an acre, "in order to maintain the tenor of the
neighbourhood" - sorry, I'll read that again: "in order to protect the
wooded environment".  

This ruling (which is similar to US 'zoning' regulations reponsible for
thousands of square miles of low density wealthy suburban sprawl)
derives from a 1900 Act of Parliament, and from convenants which,
according to Peter Newbury of the residents association, "date back to
the year dot".   

The year dot turns out to be 1912 when one Tarrant assembled the land
and developed it, rather like the plotland developers, but for a
different market.

Tony Gosling
tony at gaia.org

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