The government has recently published The National Design Guide, identifying the clear need for more green, natural play and recreation spaces. These spaces have been shown to affect our health and well-being, our feelings of safety, security, inclusion and belonging, and our sense of community cohesion.
The key focus within this design guide is on good design in the planning system and outline 10 key characteristics which work together to achieve a well-designed place. Within the national design guide they explore these 10 characteristics in great detail, to view the document, please click here.
The benefits of well-designed green spaces are highlighted in projects such as the award-winning Alconbury Weald housing development.