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Nice writing. I don't quite want to visit but would know where to go if I did.

To flaunt a planning regulation would be tricky - how would we know?
Point taken, and updated, thanks.

And yes...
Planet Lofts, Home of the Aliens
I'm always fascinated by places on the outskirts which are technically 'London' but could just as easily be anywhere in the countryside. London is so much more than Boris buses and black taxis.
Finally I've been somewhere before DG. I did a proper loop of London by TfL bus, not DG's semi-half-hearted one, so I visited all of these corners.
It is odd that these little rural corners exist within Greater London, whereas in other directions suburbia extends well beyond the GLA boundary. Doubtless this was partly politics: Epsom & Ewell deciding to stay outside for example, whilst Hornchurch opted in, but why the difference?
I had never heard of Noak Hill prior to Sunday. Its on the destination board on a single decker bus at London Transport Museum!
How typically a Green Belt failure.

If you want to make the edge of a city scrappy and a place you don't want to be alone in, Benskins Lane is it. Someone even paced a grandiose brick gateway at the end of the adopted bit, to make walkers feel that beyond was no-go. It would probably have succeeded with me.

(I used Street View to discover that).
timbo: I think it's largely because when London was enlarged, they tended to stick to existing local government boundaries, so if a district consisted of a town with its surrounding countryside, both town (now swallowed up) and countryside (not yet swallowed) would be taken into London. The bits where the urban area goes over the boundary will, as you say, be places that decided to stay out.
The caption for the Planet Lofts sign: "a private track of UKIP bungalows".
Can someone explain? I don't understand.

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