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Recreation Spaces

Question for Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

UIN 226589, tabled on 27 February 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans the Government has to increase the amount of green space in cities.

Answered on

7 March 2019

Our National Planning Policy Framework states that planning policies and decisions should plan positively for the provision of open space, and that a network of high-quality open spaces and opportunities for sport and physical activity is important for the health and well-being of communities. In addition, through local or neighbourhood plans, communities can identify for protection Local Green Spaces of particular local importance. The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has consulted on how a system of biodiversity net gain might be introduced through the planning system, which could also contribute to green space in cities. The responses to that consultation are being considered at present.