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

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  • Posted by Jen51 January 28, 2020 at 13:09

    With increase housing waiting lists, start building properties for the population and not just for students.

    There are many single people (and with an increasingly number of elderly) who would jump at the chance to have their own little space in the centre of the city.

    Please also think about brown field sites too, instead of using virgin green spaces
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