Environment Minister announces publication of 'Living Places'

Environment Minister announces publication of 'Living Places'

Environment Minister Mark H Durkan has today announced the publication of the UK’s first urban stewardship and design guide. 

Traditionally stewardship, the way in which our urban places are managed and maintained, has been considered separately from the processes of planning and design. However, ‘Living Places’ for the first time treats urban stewardship and design with equal measure, owing to the contribution they both make to the quality of the urban environment and the role that we all as individuals have to play. The final guide sets out the importance that both quality stewardship and design have in planning and the contribution they make to the quality of our villages, towns and cities. Launching it at The Duncairn Centre for Culture and Arts, Mark H Durkan said: “I encourage everyone with an interest in making successful places to use this guide to strive to create attractive, well maintained, well managed and well connected places that can have a positive impact on our lifestyles. Successful places will improve our health and well-being as well as reduce traffic, energy use and pollution. “This is an iconic step for planning in Northern Ireland which will help provide for a better environment, healthier society and a stronger economy where we live and work.”

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