Ken: London developments 'need play spaces'

London mayor Ken Livingstone has set new guidelines that will oblige developers to incorporate children's play areas into all residential sites.

The measures will make it mandatory for firms erecting new residential developments in the capital to include at least ten sq metres of play and recreation space for children living on-site.

Such spaces will have to be suitable for a range of informal leisure and sporting activities, accommodating youngsters of different age groups and being located either within the development or a maximum of 800 metres away in an immediately adjacent site.

Building.co.uk quoted the mayor as saying: "Inspiring and encouraging more child-friendly neighbourhoods is essential if we are to give young people the best chance to achieve their potential and improve their quality of life."

The guidelines have been unveiled as part of the Mayor's London Plan, which incorporates a series of new measures drawn up under the Supplementary Planning Guidance initiative.

Published 28th March, 2008

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