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Putting green spaces at the heart of urban renewal

British planners should be putting more emphasis on parks, gardens, play areas and other green infrastructure in the UK’s urban renaissance projects, according to the latest issue of the ICE’s Engineering Sustainability journal.

Newcastle University professor Ian Mell said there needs to be “progressive integration of multi-functional green spaces into the urban matrix”, if the UK government’s policy of urban renewal is to succeed.

“Green infrastructure can play a pivotal role in urban renaissance by providing a complementary green matrix of spaces that offer multi-level benefits for human populations,”said Mell.

Mell points out that the potential for open spaces to be “retrofitted” means they can be delivered across a range of urban environments to promote sustainable communities and landscape management.

He added that green infrastructure can be planned within urban environments to promote increased human integration, ecological sustainability and economic regeneration.

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