Khan plans to make London a National Park City

22 August 2017

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has launched plans to make the capital the world’s first National Park City, using planning measures to help him achieve it.

The mayor is attempting to make London one of the greenest cities on earth, using planning regulations to protect the green belt and incorporate more green roofs, green walls, rain gardens and habitats for wildlife into new developments.

Plans also include funding to plant thousands of new trees and improvements to community green spaces as well as helping London’s boroughs invest in our much-loved parks. To achieve this, Khan has launched a new £9 million Greener City Fund for London. Local groups can apply for the first £1 million of grants to help them plant neighbourhood trees and maintain green community areas.

The fund was announced as Khan published his draft environmental strategy, which outlines how he proposes to target air pollution and make the city greener, cleaner and healthier.

The strategy includes the introduction of an ultra-low emission zone in 2019; London’s first solar action plan, which could see the capital’s solar energy generation capacity double by 2030; and policies to cut waste and encourage better use of resources.

The consultation on the environmental draft strategy runs until 17 November. It can be found on the Greater London Authority website.