New guidance published to increase and improve London’s open and green spaces

The Mayor of London has published two reports to support the delivery of London Plan policies that are designed to protect, improve and create open spaces throughout London.

The first – ‘Supplementary Planning Guidance for the East London Green Grid’ – sets out how the open spaces in the east of the city should be enhanced as the area is transformed by both the 2012 Games and major regeneration planned in the coming decade.
New guidance published to increase and improve Londons open and green spaces.

The Green Grid provides a guide for developers and planners on how to deliver the network of interlinked, high quality open spaces that will connect the town centres, public transport hubs, the Thames and the surrounding countryside with the newly created communities planned for east London. This new guidance will help those planners and developers plan where and how the Grid should develop for the future.

The second – ‘Improving Access to Nature’ outlines how boroughs should plan policies for more access to nature in their development plan documents as well as encouraging and facilitating projects that significantly improve biodiversity in parks and open spaces.

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‘Supplementary Planning Guidance for the East London Green Grid’
‘Improving Access to Nature’

Controversial Turner Centre given planning permission

MARGATE’S contentious Turner Contemporary is a step closer to getting off the ground, after Thanet District Council granted the project planning permission.

The decision, which was made last night, paves the way for Kent County Council to appoint a contractor.

Work is expected to begin in the autumn and finish at some point in 2010.

Read more @ Controversial Turner Centre given planning permission | Kentonline.co.uk.

Work begins on £10k revamp of city’s iconic Playfair Steps

WORK was due to start today restoring the historic Playfair Steps which run from Market Street to Princes Street Gardens.
The steps, which were built in 1828, are being revamped as part of a £10,000 project, which will see the original stone repaired rather than replaced so they keep the look of wear and tear that has built up over the years.

The four organisations involved – Edinburgh World Heritage, the city council, the National Galleries of Scotland and the Halifax Bank of Scotland – are funding the project, which is expected to take a couple of weeks, equally.

Read more @ Edinburgh Evening News Work begins on £10k revamp of city’s iconic Playfair Steps –

3XN Transforms a Brown Site into a Green One

A brownfield in Norway will be going green, literally, thanks to a new master plan that calls for a rolling green roof to shelter a cultural center. The Danish architecture firm 3XN beat out Henning Larsen Architects, Niels Torp, L2 Arkitekter, and IN’BY LPO Arlitektur and Design in an invited competition to redevelop a former industrial waterfront known as Nedre Malmø, in the town of Mandal.

Read more @ Architectural Record – 3XN Transforms a Brown Site into a Green One | News |

6,000 free ‘granny bikes’ will bring continental success story to capital

They have helped to calm the traffic-choked streets of Paris and spawned hundreds of romances among strangers. Now the French capital’s free bicycle hire scheme is coming to Central London, where 6,000 sturdy bikes will be deployed outside Tube stations and other locations.

Read more at 6,000 free ‘granny’ bikes will bring continental success story to capital – Times Online.

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