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Financial Times previews London First green belt report

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Tonight London First launches ‘The Green Belt: A Place for Londoners?’, co-authored by Quod planning consultancy and  Professor Paul Cheshire from the London School of Economics.

In a nutshell, the report calls for councils to re-evaluate their greenbelt and reveals fascinating new insights into what the green belt actually is.

If you want the inside scoop have a look at this morning’s Financial Times for a preview of what the report holds.

The study argues that the starting point for any Green Belt review in London should be to only consider areas that:

– are close to existing or future transport nodes;
– are of poor environmental or civic value;
– could better serve London’s needs by supporting sustainable, high-quality, well-designed residential development that incorporates truly accessible green space

Key statistics from the analysis of London’s Green Belt include:

– 76% of London’s Green Belt is used for agriculture and other purposes such as golf courses, utilities, historic hospitals, etc;
– 13% of London’s Green Belt is made up of environmentally protected land;
– 13% is made up of parks and public access land;
– 2% of London’s Green Belt is built on;

Wider analysis of the capital’s land usage reveals:

– 27.6% of London is covered by buildings, roads, paths, and railways;
– 22% of all the land within London’s boundary is greenbelt;
– The total volume of land classed as ‘green’ in London outstrips that land that is built on by a ratio of more than 2:1 (64.9% vs 27.6%);

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