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Navigating open space strategies

John O’Neil, Senior Planner at the Greater London Authority, gives an overview of how GiGL could help boroughs to meet their obligation to produce an open space strategy

The Mayor’s London Plan sets the strategic context for open space planning throughout London, based on protecting and promoting the network of open spaces.The London Plan recognises the valuable contribution that open spaces play in providing a good quality environment that makes London an attractive place to live, work and visit.

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Accessing open space

Sustainable and Accessible Urban Landscapes (SAUL) is a spatial planning project funded under the European Union’s Interreg IIIB* initiative. Partners from seven regions across Northwest Europe, including London, are working together to explore the role of socially inclusive spaces in the sustainable development of metropolitan regions. The London region, led by Groundwork London in partnership with the Greater London Authority and the London Parks and Green Spaces Forum developed the ‘Strategic Parks Project’, an initiative to tackle London’s deficiencies in regional and metropolitan parks.

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