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Developers in deal to turn Thames Gateway urban areas green'

PUBLISHED: 12:00 03 November 2009 | UPDATED: 15:11 05 October 2010

THE Government's independent advisory body on the natural environment has reached a deal with major developers in East London to add a touch of green' to new urban schemes along the Thames. The aims to use nature to help regenerate built-up areas and reduce London's carbon emissions

By Mike Brooke

THE Government's independent advisory body on the natural environment has reached a deal with major developers in East London to add a touch of 'green' to new urban schemes along the Thames.

The agreement revealed at today's Thames Gateway Forum by Natural England aims to use nature to help regenerate built-up areas and reduce London's carbon emissions.

Pilot studies are now being set up with developers in the Thames Gateway 'corridor' to test-design schemes.

"This involves more green spaces, street trees, parks and even 'green' roofs to transforms urban life," said Natural England's Poul Christensen. "Investment in 'greening' urban areas brings environmental, health and economic benefits."

Developers already signed up include Arup, Land Securities and Countryside Properties who plan to use 'green' strategies in new schemes and in existing buildings.

The strategies are aimed at cooling built-up areas, filtering out pollution, improving public health and protecting wildlife, as well as bringing people "closer to nature.

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