Land use, green space and development
Leicester’s population is expected to keep growing. An estimated 29,104 homes will need to be built by 2036, along with more employment sites, schools, facilities and infrastructure.
The climate is also expected to change, with more chance of heatwaves and long dry spells, but also more frequent intense rainfall. New buildings will need to be designed to cope with these challenges.
Why the contribution is important
To significantly reduce carbon emissions from land use, green space and development:
- All new buildings will need to be carbon neutral, being highly insulated and using low-carbon heating instead of gas. Renewable energy such as solar panels will need to be installed.
- New buildings will need to be adapted for a changing climate. They will need to avoid overheating, use less water and reduce the risk of flooding.
- Travel to and from new developments will need to be easy and safe on foot, by bike and on public transport. There will need to be more charging points for electric vehicles.
- Tree cover will need to be maintained and increased where possible. New planting will need to provide for recreation, wildlife, flood prevention and protection from heatwaves.
by Paul_LeicesterCC on November 17, 2019 at 02:25PM