Save the 'burbs too, says English Heritage

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Councils should work harder to preserve the character of the suburbs, where more than eight out of 10 people live, English Heritage said yesterday.

The Government's conservation advisers said special historical and architectural character was at risk of being eroded by insensitive developments, such as "garden grabbing" to build blocks of flats.

Other threats include plastic windows, inappropriately designed extensions and the conversion of front gardens to car parking.

The Greater London Assembly estimates that two thirds of the capital's front gardens have been converted for parking, reducing wildlife habitat and increasing water run-off.

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