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London Assembly supports national park initiative

Words: Laura Edgar

Members of the London Assembly have proposed a motion to support the Greater London National Park City initiative.

In April The Planner reported on a green paper, Greater London National Park City, by Daniel Raven-Ellison in which he suggests that as the capital’s population increases, London must also have more and better-quality public realm.

The paper puts forward a model to test. It does not call for new planning controls or more administrative layers, and it won’t have any statutory planning powers, Raven-Ellison told The Planner at the time of the paper’s release.

A motion (pdf) for this to become a reality has now been unanimously supported by the members of the London Assembly.

Jenny Jones AM proposed the motion, stating that the London Assembly celebrates the “huge natural diversity in London, a city that more than eight million people share with over 13,000 other species. The assembly therefore welcomes the Greater London National Park city initiative which aims to ‘inspire us to create a more liveable, fair and healthy London”.

The assembly is now calling on Mayor of London Boris Johnson to get behind the campaign to make Greater London a national park.

Jones said: “This initiative could ensure that nature is included in every aspect of London’s urban fabric. By supporting this vision, we can help galvanise programmes that will make this city a far more pleasant and safe city, better able to cope with heavy downpours and heatwaves. This means a large-scale rollout of river restoration, tree planting, urban greening of concrete surfaces and a reversal of paved-over front gardens.”