Natural England and the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) have published Green Belts: a Greener Future. The first major survey of the environmental state of Green Belt land and the benefits it provides for people and wildlife.
Helen Phillips, Natural England’s Chief Executive, said: “By containing urban sprawl, the Green Belt has been a great success story of post-war planning. We need to look at ways in which it can expand on its success to date and play a full role in supporting England’s wider network of protected areas and open spaces. The Green Belt is an important environmental resource that, managed effectively, can help tackle climate change, support wildlife and provide health and leisure opportunities for millions to enjoy.”
Shaun Spiers, Chief Executive of CPRE, said: “This report confirms that the countryside around our largest and most historic towns and cities is a vital, but fragile, environmental asset. We must continue to strengthen our Green Belts and make full use of the opportunities they provide to allow people to appreciate their local countryside. Where Green Belt land is underused, or in poor condition, the answer is to improve its quality, not to build on it.”
30 million people live in or next to Green Belts which cover 13% of the land surface of England.
Download website for Summary and Full Report of Green Belts: a Greener Future
[SOURCE: Natural England]
The Scottish Government recently launched a simplified planning document which replaces 17 separate planning policies. The new document sets out planning policy on topics such as housing, wind farms, flooding and the natural and built environment.
Also published today is a circular updating guidance on the criteria and processes when developers are required to make a contribution to the provision of local infrastructure, where a development would create additional infrastructure demands.
Go here to download the new planning policy (PDF)
Go here to download the circular (PDF)
[SOURCE: Scottish Government]
Builder & Engineer reports
A £6.6m project to revamp the two squares at the heart of Woolwich town centre will go ahead in the New Year after Greenwich councillors gave the scheme the green light yesterday….
The scheme has been designed by landscape architects Gustafson Porter, and follows detailed consultation with local residents and businesses, as well as targeted consultations to enable young people to give their views……
read more at the [SOURCE: Builder & Engineer – Go-ahead for £6.6m revamp of Woolwich Squares]
New Civil Engineer reports
Consultant Buro Happold, working as part of an international design team headed by the Milan-based practice of Cino Zucchi Architects and One Works, has helped deliver an innovative masterplan unveiled by its client, the City of Helsinki’s Planning Department
read the full article at New Civil Engineer – Helsinki masterplan unveiled
Siemens recently published on their website the European Green City Index showing the results of a study conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit.
Copenhagen was ranked #1 with Stockholm (2) and Oslo (3). Dense city centres such as Berlin (8), Paris (10) and London (11) scored high on the test. Cities that scored low where Sofia (29) and Kiev(30). These cities scored low as populations have increased and the economies have grown underinvestment in infrastructure has caused crowding on public transport and roads along with other factors such as climate which increase requirements for heating and cooling.
For more information about the study go to the [SOURCE: Siemens – Green City Index]
Famous Valencian architect José María Tomás said “nineteenth-century urban models, will not work.
Today, cities have other needs. We must create spaces to live, work and enjoy. The street is changing”. He made the statement at the close of a meeting of Architects and Planners, organized by the Forum Mediterranean House, at which experts have called for sustainable urban design that respects the terrain and does not add to the destruction of the environment.
Read what José has to say at the [SOURCE: Barcelona Reporter – Famous Valencian architect José María Tomás said “nineteenth-century urban models, will not work.]
London Borough of Southwark announced that they have awarded the £1.5 billion (circa A$2.7 billion) regeneration of Elephant & Castle to Lend Lease.
The project is one of the most significant schemes of its type in Europe, comprising over 300,000 square metres of new build, mixed-use development, together with major infrastructure improvements and a range of enhanced community facilities. The location, within two miles of London’s West End, is unrivalled for a development of this scale.
The scheme comprises six phases. The first phase demolition is scheduled to commence in February 2010. Detailed planning consent for the first phase is expected to be achieved by April 2011. Both parties have expressed their commitment to work together on the redevelopment of all six phases of the site.
SOURCE: Lend Lease
IMAGE SOURCE: Elephant & Castle