HTA publication helps councils use planting to meet targets

The HTA has issued Greener Planning, Greener UK, which offers local authorities advice on how planting and green space can be used to meet targets.

HTA director general David Gwyther said: "This is the next step in the Greening the UK campaign to encourage local authorities to do more green planting. It will help local authorities meet national performance indicators, regional spatial strategies and local area agreements."

Author Chris Baines said: "If you can demonstrate by adopting a more proactive green-space policy to deliver government policies, you can enjoy better green spaces."

He said local authorities should adopt a green infrastructure plan at regional or sub-regional level.

Greening the UK chairman Tim Briercliffe said: "We are keen that environmental concerns are not put to one side. Evidence suggests up to 50 per cent of the planting that appears on planning applications is never delivered by developers."

Gwyther briefed Defra secretary Hilary Benn on the campaign last week and said Benn was "very supportive of the benefits trees and green planting have in combating the effects of climate change".

But Benn warned that a main barrier to taking this forward lay in the incentive structure for councils, highlighting maintenance as a key challenge. Gwyther told Benn of the campaign's efforts to influence planning policy statements to encourage planting.


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