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Children, young people and the built environment - Levelling Up Committee launches inquiry

The Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (LUHC) Committee has launched an inquiry looking at how better planning buildings and urban design in England could enhance the health and well-being of children and young people.



The Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (LUHC) Committee has launched an inquiry looking at how better planning buildings and urban design in England could enhance the health and well-being of children and young people.

Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Committee chair, Clive Betts MP, said: “It’s important for children and young people’s mental and physical health that they have access to spaces to play and to socialise.


“In our inquiry, we want to find out more about how children and young people experience outdoor spaces in towns, cities and rural areas across England. What policy interventions from local and central government could help to deliver streets, estates, villages, neighbourhoods and parks that enable kids to enjoy active outdoor lifestyles and engage with others?


“Planning and development should not be indifferent to the interests of young people. Stories of developers disregarding promises to deliver earmarked spaces for children highlight flaws in the current approach to the built environment. The Committee’s inquiry will want to examine how children’s needs are being met by the current planning process.


“We’re keen to hear from urban planners, charities, children’s rights groups, health professionals, councils and others about the examples of policy and good practice across the country which are improving experiences for children and young people.”


The Committee’s inquiry on the built environment, principally concerning landscape architecture and urban planning, will look at local and national government planning policies, guidance and delivery.


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