Group laments level of justice in green issue

A £6 million scheme is set to improve the entrance and surroundings of Guy's Hospital in London. Plans designed by the Thomas Heatherwick Studio for the London Bridge site feature a bridge that curls up into a ball, a tall sculpture and a public square. The scheme aims to tackle crime prevention, pedestrian safety and access issues.Areas of the East of England have been identified as prime spots to recreate heathland in a joint project by regional bodies this week.Developments may worsen environmental injustices if planners consistently trade off environmental equity against economic and social aims, according to a report by the London Sustainability Exchange.

The organisation claims that London's deprived communities often suffer the worst environments and problems such as poor air quality, fuel poverty and lack of access to safe green spaces. It argues that an environmental inequality becomes an environmental injustice when it affects human health or excludes specific groups.

The report concludes that the the scope of environmental impact assessments should include equity concerns and prioritise improvements in deprived areas.

Environmental Justice in London can be viewed via www.PlanningResource.co.uk.

Heathland has been reduced and fragmented despite being home to endangered wildlife, according to a report by the Forestry Commission, the East of England Development Agency, English Nature and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.

A mapping tool has been devised to identify priority opportunities for heathland across the region, which supports around ten per cent of the UK's lowland heath. Steering group chairman Richard Rafe said: "We hope that organisations in the region will use this to help decide where best to site projects."

East of England Heathland Opportunity Mapping Project Report can be viewed via www.PlanningResource.co.uk.


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