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Rear access laneways are frequently underused, attracting antisocial behaviour and representing a security risk for homeowners. The proposal aims to transform these laneways into bustling, vibrant, safe communities. Given the space limitations in the existing dwelling plots and laneways, the proposed dwellings will be built to apartment size floor areas. Car parking will be prohibited, ensuring the laneways are uncongested and safe for walkers and cyclists and promoting low-carbon mobility patterns. Existing property owners have the option of developing a mews to sell or rent as a source of additional income. Strict development guidelines will prevent overlooking, overshadowing, and overdevelopment of these areas. Two or more plots can be combined, to enhance dwelling mix and household size. 

The map highlights laneways and dwelling plots that have been identified as potentially suitable for mews development. The proposal allows for mews units to be constructed without the requirement to apply for planning permission, in rear gardens with a minimum length of 18 metres. As the length of garden increases, the permitted mews floor area and volume also increases, with gardens of 25m+ having the largest permitted development allowable. This ensures sufficient outdoor space is retained for existing houses, while preventing overbearing development on restricted sites. The map is overlaid with a 1 square kilometre grid. One kilometre is a 10–12-minute walk or a 2–4-minute cycle.

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