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Planning Advisory Note for Food Growing and Development

Brighton & Hove is the first Local Authority in the UK to adopt planning advice to encourage the provision of growing spaces in new developments as part of its commitment to sustainable development. Food growing in urban areas is too often limited by lack of space, but this new advice encourages developers to make creative use of walls, roofs, balconies and edible landscaping at the start of the planning process. There are multiple benefits to growing food in cities – creating access to outside space to improve physical and mental health, increasing biodiversity, and greening the urban landscape. Living walls and roofs also improve the performance of buildings reducing energy use and carbon emissions. Although not mandatory, encouraging developers to think about how food growing can be incorporated into the basic design of new developments will help achieve sustainability targets. The advice will apply to new commercial, residential and mixed developments and is the result of collaboration between the City Council Planning department and Food Matters, as part of Harvest Brighton and Hove, a lottery funded project which supports more food growing in the city.

Publisher: Food Matters, 2011

Author: Clare Devereux

Link: http://foodmatters.org/PAN6-Food%20Growing%20and%20development-latest-Sept2011.pdf

Category: Environment Economy

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