Green spaces

Joint venture unlocks ‘biggest brownfield’ site in the Black Country

21/10/2019

Industrial land in Sandwell is set to be the site of a 750-home community after a deal was struck by the council and the West Midlands Combined Authority.

Only 10% of recent homes built on the Green Belt are 'affordable'

14/10/2019

Only one in ten homes built on land released from the Green Belt over the past decade are considered ‘affordable’, a new report has found.

Councils urged to only cut road verges twice a year

27/09/2019

Road verges should only be cut two times a year in order to protect wild flowers and wildlife, new guidelines have recommended.

New financial model needed for national parks, review says

23/09/2019

A review of the way in which green spaces are managed could see more affordable housing built in rural areas and the introduction of a new financial model for national parks.

Building on 'brownfield' sites at five-year low

03/06/2019

Construction on derelict land has fallen to a five-year low while development in countryside areas has increased, according to the latest figures.

Parks in danger of being sold, campaigners warn

23/05/2019

Campaigners are calling on local government and landowners to legally protect the parks and green spaces they own.

To what extent is the environment shaping national politics?

15/05/2019

Erica Popplewell explores what the local election results can tell us about concerns for the countryside and environment.

Play as a powerful motivator

26/04/2019

Beth Cooper explores the value of play and green places in preserving the nation’s health.

Brokenshire announces £13m of ‘much-needed’ park funding

18/02/2019

Councils across the country are to benefit from a multi-million pound funding boost to ‘breathe new life’ into green spaces.

Only a week left to enter Street Design Awards 

14/02/2019

The Street Design Awards, celebrating innovation and best practice in street design schemes, have been relaunched by Local Government News magazine.

Majority supports new housing but only on brownfield sites, survey finds

01/02/2019

New research shows that the majority of people support the building of new homes but oppose developments being located on green field sites.

Councils release record 10,000 hectares of green belt for housing

05/10/2018

Record amounts of green belt land have been released for housing, according to environmenal campaigners.

Nearly half a million new homes to be built on Green Belt land, campaigners say

06/08/2018

Nearly half a million new homes are set to be built on land that will soon be released from the Green Belt, study shows.

Nearly 2,000 green spaces celebrated in Green Flag Awards

17/07/2018

From traditional parks to burial sites, a record number of green spaces have been awarded a Green Flag this year.

Green spaces are being lost to housing at ‘alarming rate’, campaigners say

04/06/2018

The Government’s ‘market-driven rhetoric’ is leading to the countryside being lost to housing at an ‘alarming rate’, campaigners warn.

Parks provide over £34bn of health benefits, report says

08/05/2018

Parks and green spaces across the UK provide people with over £34bn of health and wellbeing benefits, report says.

Campaigners reveal enough brownfield sites for one million homes

12/02/2018

Local authorities have identified enough brownfield land for over one million new homes, research reveals.

Japanese knotweed: New advice to tackle a growing problem

05/02/2018

Conor Leyden explains why new guidance can help councils to understand the issues surrounding the management of Japanese knotweed.

Council agrees to place parks in charitable trust

11/01/2018

Knowsley has agreed to establish a charitable trust to manage the borough’s green spaces after the scrutiny committee requested the decision be put on hold.

Why planning policy should be a part of the welfare state

21/12/2017

Localis' Jack Airey looks at how green belts can be made to serve the public interest through the creation of 'yellowfield registers' by councils.

Mayor Khan pledges to restrict building on Green Belt land

27/11/2017

Sadiq Khan has pledged to protect ‘the lungs of the capital’ as he sets out new plans to strengthen safeguards for the Green Belt.

Liverpool approves plans to hand parks contract to council company

27/10/2017

Liverpool City Council has approved plans to award its parks and green spaces maintenance contract to Liverpool Street Scene Services Limited.

Council-owned company set to take over maintenance of Liverpool’s green spaces

20/10/2017

The contract to maintain Liverpool’s green spaces is to be handed to a council-owned company which operates the refuse, recycling and street cleansing service.

Councils clash over green belt development proposals

06/10/2017

South Bucks council has criticised their southern neighbours in Slough for publishing proposals to build on green belt land within the former’s boundary.

Green belt should be developed to meet housing needs, say real estate experts

04/10/2017

Releasing green belt land for development is necessary to meet housing needs, real estate adviser argues.

Councils support parks research despite funding pressures

19/09/2017

Council chiefs have thrown their support behind a new Government-created group looking into the future of parks despite funding pressures.

£30m green belt garden given go ahead

13/06/2017

Salford’s £30m ‘historic’ garden has been given the go ahead by the Government after concerns were raised about locating it on the green belt.

Housing minister gives green light to controversial local plan

30/03/2017

The housing minister has given Bradford’s local plan the go ahead after a delay caused by concerns regarding Green Belt boundaries.

Green spaces can save NHS money, report claims

02/02/2017

Green spaces can help reduce costs for public services such as the NHS, report claims.

Challenging the false dichotomy between conservation and development

13/01/2017

Should councils take a more strategic approach to developing sections of Green Belt land in order to fund nature conservation? William Eichler investigates.

Controversial Birmingham development plan to go ahead

25/11/2016

Whitehall has given the go-ahead to Birmingham’s plans to build thousands of homes on green belt land in order to address the city’s ‘acute’ housing shortage.

London’s Green Belt under ‘greater threat than ever’

12/09/2016

London’s Green Belt is under ‘greater threat than ever’ despite Tory manifesto promises it would be ‘safe under us’.

Councils must treat planning applications for Green Belt ‘consistently’

14/07/2016

Councils must apply planning rules properly when considering applications for building on the Green Belt, the Local Government Ombudsman has warned.

Minister outlines how satellite data is transforming environmental protection

03/02/2016

Satellite data is now being used to protect and improve the UK’s natural environment.

Manhattan-style ‘pocket parks’ to be created in UK towns and cities

09/11/2015

England’s ‘unloved spaces’ will be transformed into Manhattan-style ‘pocket parks’, according to new proposals.

Report: Link stamp duty to energy efficiency

23/09/2015

Stamp duty should be used to ‘re-energise the energy efficiency market’ by linking it with performance and handing the proceeds to city-regions to fund incentives, according to a new report.

Record numbers waving the Green Flag

23/07/2015

A record number of parks and green spaces have been given the Green Flag Award this year, partly due to the scheme’s expansion into new territory.

Battle lines drawn over All Weather Pitch reclamation

23/07/2015

A war of words has broken out between companies specialising in the recycling and reclamation of All Weather Pitches. Ken Oxley reports.

Urban beauty is being restricted to the rich says think tank

23/07/2015

Green spaces and beautiful urban surroundings are the realms of the wealthy, a report by the independent think tank ResPublica reveals.

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