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Preserving green spaces

The more attractive parks and urban green spaces become, the more people are likely to use them for physical activity, as well as to benefit their mental health and wellbeing.

The potential health benefits of outdoor play in natural settings are also noteworthy. These health benefits include: positive attitudes towards physical activity; activation of higher cognitive processes and healthy brain development; and promotion of and improved healthy wellbeing throughout the life course.

Useful Links

UCL Institute of Health Equity look at the role of green space in improving health locally and the impact access to green space has on health inequalities and an Autumn 2014 report of natural solutions for tackling health inequalities.

Natural England set out some more information on the importance of 'green infrastructure'- diverse types of green space- and guidance on how it should be delivered through spatial planning here.


Regulatory Option

Green space development control

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