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"So many of London’s front gardens have been paved over to create car parking spaces that the city has lost the equivalent of seven Hyde Parks.
"According to new figures from the RAC Foundation, about 600,000 homes in the capital have lost 85 per cent or more of their front gardens, as homeowners seek to avoid parking restrictions introduced by borough councils.
"The foundation estimates that the number of front gardens being turned into hard-standing areas for cars has doubled over the past 15 years.
"It urged London councils to draw up plans to combat the loss of green space which, it said, spoiled London’s 'green' look."