Published: 1st Mar 2018

A culture change is needed to ensure that green spaces are created around housing developments. A new report by the Land Trust has evidenced the social and economic benefits of new parkland in the Wirral, and calls on government to change planning guidance. The report studied the local benefits of the creation of Port Sunlight park in the Wirral on Merseyside in 2013, and found that the parkland impacted house prices and local businesses as well as creating social value. The Land Trust worked with the landowner and other partners to create the 30 hectare park and wetland in 2013. A local autism charity now manages the park on behalf of the Land Trust, providing opportunities for volunteering and boosting health and wellbeing. Houses situated within a 500 metre radius saw an £8,000 increase in value, while local businesses such as dog walkers and ice-cream vendors operating in the park … (To read the full article, subscribe below)