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Livingstone’s Living Roofs policy wins thumbs up from inspectors

The Mayor of London’s new Living Roofs and Walls policy took another step towards being incorporated into the London Plan this week after it was endorsed by inspectors

The Mayor of London’s new Living Roofs and Walls policy took another step towards being incorporated into the London Plan this week after it was endorsed by inspectors.

Ken Livingstone’s proposals would see more accessible roof space and green roofs and walls in many major developments across the capital.

The policy is part of further alterations that are currently being made to the Mayor’s London Plan to make the city more sustainable and to help combat climate change.

A panel of planning inspectors gave the policy the thumbs up, and even called for the Mayor’s sustainable design and construction supplementary planning guidance ‘to go further’.

Livingstone’s architectural advisor, and now member of Design for London (DfL), Richard Rogers first put forward the idea of living roofs in 2003.

Director of DfL Peter Bishop said: ‘In increased high-density living and with the growing environmental considerations, we need to explore innovative solutions. Living Roofs looks to London's most under-used asset – the space above our heads – to provide one such answer.'

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