Access to Public Open Space and Nature (4)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2016-02-22
Session date: 
February 22, 2016
Reference: 
2016/0500
Question By: 
Valerie Shawcross
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

It has been suggested that you could increase access to public open space by better planning, such as gaining access to inaccessible sites; opening up new access points;  or shortening walking routes. What plans, if any, do you have to work with the relevant stakeholders to use these three tools to increase access?

Answer

Answer for Access to Public Open Space and Nature (4)

Answer for Access to Public Open Space and Nature (4)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The adopted London Plan contains policies that advocate the approach you are suggesting such 7.16 on Green Belt, 7.18 on Local Open Space and 7.19 on Sites of Nature Conservation Importance.

The data on changes in Areas of Deficiency (AoD) in Access to Public Open Space and AoD in Access to Nature is collated by Green Space Information for Greater London (GiGL). These data are reliant on provision of up-to-date information from the Boroughs. GiGL  is currently updating the AoD in Access to Public Open Space dataset and plans to implement an annual update cycle once the new datasets are in place.

Regarding AoD in Access to Nature the latest data from GiGL shows that there is a gradual improvement. In May 2014 the AoD covered 33474 ha whereas  by February 2016 the AoD had been reduced to 33221 ha.