Livingstone spearheads campaign

A campaign to encourage better use of roof space is being spearheaded by London mayor Ken Livingstone. A statement launched with Richard Rogers, the mayor's chief adviser on architecture and urbanism, argues that the Living Roofs campaign can deliver enhanced biodiversity, reduced flood risk through increased absorption of rainfall and keeping buildings cool during summer. But the statement warns that planning factors such as the overlooking of neighbouring properties work against roof developments.

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