Green guide for any Forest developments
A new guide has been issued setting out how much green space developers in the National Forest have to set aside in each building project.
The National Forest Company has updated its Guide for Developers and Planners.
It sets out how any development within the 200 square miles of the forest, including a swathe of north west Leicestershire, should reflect the forest setting.
Any site should include between 20 per cent and 30 per cent woodland, parkland, ponds or other 'green infrastructure'.
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Woodland cover in the forest area is now 19 per cent, three times as much as when the regeneration project was launched in the early 1990s.
Philip Metcalfe, green infrastructure and planning officer for the National Forest Company, said: "There are many ways developers can increase the amount of green infrastructure in their developments – retained trees and hedgerows can form the basis of a network that might link new woodland planting, sustainable urban drainage systems and natural play areas."