The restrictions are designed to prevent mass construction in the forested areas. Photo from UNIAN Ukraine has imposed restrictions on building infrastructure facilities in urban green spaces -- parks, recreational zones, and forests, a senior government official announced on Thursday. Lev Partskhaladze, Ukraine's deputy minister of regional development, building and housing, wrote on Facebook that the country's new construction norms envisage the introduction of the so-called "green lines", which would limit the area suitable for construction in green spaces, according to Xinhua. Read also Groysman: Ukraine and China to double trade to US$10 bln The restrictions are designed to prevent mass construction in the forested areas, which play an important role in the environmental protection of the cities, Partskhaladze said. He said each city will decide independently on the size of the area in green spaces, where the construction would be banned. If you see a spelling error on … [Read more...] about Ukraine imposes restrictions on construction in urban green spaces
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Gardens are built into London’s bones. Between the 18th and 19th centuries there was a flurry of fancification as elegant buildings sprung up around garden squares. A couple of centuries later and some remain the most exclusive green havens in the city. For those without a key to the iron gates, the temptation to clamber over them is so ingrained in a Londoner’s psyche that it was written into Richard Curtis’s Notting Hill. I know of a couple that have keyholders generous enough to let the riff-raff in (and, crucially, out again), but usually these secret gardens remain closed; city oases walked past by millions but entered by a mere few. Aside, that is, from today and tomorrow, when the annual... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only £2 per week Try Premium Access one Premium article per week Register for … [Read more...] about The hidden beauty of urban green spaces: where to find sanctuary in the city
Confidential records have thrown into question the council’s public promise to deliver 40% of green space at Otterpool Park Garden Town.Emails between Folkestone and Hythe District Council (FHDC) and landowner Folkestone Racecourse Limited (FRL) show both parties agreed to scrap the pledge in their Expression of Interest to the government.The comprehensive report outlined to Westminster both parties’ case to build 12,000 homes and associated infrastructure on land surrounding Folkestone Racecourse and Westenhanger in 2016.However, Stephen Higgins, property boss at Arena Racing, the company in charge of FRL, ordered the council to remove the 40% figure in the first draft because it may be “an unrealistic target”.Arena Racing is a subsidiary of Cozumel Estates, a company owned by developers Simon and David Rueben, with whom the council says it is in partnership for the 30-year building project.A Freedom of Information request shows emails between Mr Higgins and … [Read more...] about Green space promise ‘unrealistic’
If you stand on the balcony of any apartment, in any of our cities, and look out across the rooftops, you will see that various areas have more or less greenery. In some instances, this consists of large wooded areas, often in the urban/rural interface. At times there will be acres of elegant old trees, inhabiting grassy parklands such as the Phoenix Park in Dublin. Then if you descend to street level, it too will have green patches at roundabouts, in front of housing estates, or in tree-lined middle class suburbs. Some cities will have land divided into vegetable allotments in the city centre - Bridgefoot Street in central Dublin in an example. So green space is comprised of various shapes and colours. However, this green space is not just there to be captured for posterity by landscape artists or photographers. Neither is it there only to look beautiful and to appeal to our ascetic sense. It must have some utility. The beneficial impact of green on our health is an aspect of … [Read more...] about Cities need green spaces or our mental health suffers
0 Have your say Council bosses across central Lancashire are starting the long process of updating their Local Plan; shaping housing, industrial and infrastructure development through the next decade and beyond. Today the Lancashire Post lays out what we think are among the top priorities for the area. In recent years, the region’s City Deal has brought investment, along with an influx of housing developments. But with the city and surrounding areas beset with congestion problems, attention must be paid to road infrastructure and public transport solutions. And new homes are no good without the services that go with them – schools for the inhabitants’ children, GPs surgeries, the odd community centre and shops to buy provisions. Meanwhile, our rural and village communities must be protected against the threat of urban sprawl. And we must take care with the type of houses we build - before we concrete over precious green space we must fill the empty homes we … [Read more...] about Hands off our green spaces!