‘Everyone should have easy access to good quality green-space and opportunities to experience nature close to where they live.’

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Scottish National Heritage has just launched a new research project into how the current growth of new social/affordable housebuilding in Scotland can include the above entitlement.

We already know that such access can bring a range of health benefits both physical and mental. Given the increasing demands on our NHS, this makes good economic sense too.

The research on how including a green infrastructure within and around new social housing developments will report in April 2018.

As you probably know Scotland is pushing ahead with social housebuilding at more than twice the rate per head of population of England and that the Scottish government has a target of an additional 50 000 within this parliament alone. See:

Scottish Government increases supply of affordable housing and builds at more, perhaps much more, than twice the rate as in England

Scottish Government plan to approve more than 10 000 affordable new homes this year

https://www.snhpresscentre.com/news/scottish-natural-heritage-announces-social-housing-research

With much new building underway, I’d hope developers could start thinking about this before April 2018.

 

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