During a debate yesterday (21 September) on the policy motion Our Natural Heritage, Bob Russell MP introduced the amendment on urban planting.
The amendment to the Liberal Democrats' policy document had been written as part of the HTA's Greening the UK campaign and stated it supported: "Increasing the provision of urban planting and green spaces on all new developments through better use of the planning system, including increased powers for planning authorities and improved guidance to local authorities."
Bob Russell explained: "Research shows that building projects with high levels of planting have 52% fewer total crimes and that hospital recovery rates improve where planting is visible. Planting also helps with the consequences of climate change by absorbing heavy rainfall. Local authorities should, therefore, be putting a high priority on protecting urban green spaces."
Later this month the Greening the UK campaign will launch a new booklet for local authorities highlighting practical ways, based on scientific research, that planting and green space can be used to meet local authority targets and policy objectives.
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