PAN 06: Case Study

Brighton & Hove was the first Local Authority in the UK to adopt planning advice to encourage the provision of growing spaces in new developments as part of its commitment to sustainable development. Food growing in urban areas is too often limited by lack of space, but this advice encourages developers to make creative use of walls, roofs, balconies and edible landscaping at the start of the planning process.

There are multiple benefits to growing food in cities – creating access to outside space to improve physical and mental health, increasing biodiversity, and greening the urban landscape.  Living walls and roofs also improve the performance of buildings reducing energy use and carbon emissions.  Although not mandatory, the Planning Advisory Note (PAN) encourages developers to think about how food growing can be incorporated into the basic design of new developments to help achieve sustainability targets.

The advice applies to new commercial, residential and mixed developments and was the result of collaboration between the City Council Planning department and Food Mattersas part of Harvest Brighton and Hovea lottery funded project which supports more food growing in the city.

In 2013 awarded an Honourable mention – World Green Building Council Government leaders Awards, and Highly Commended at the 2013 Constructing Excellence awards for Innovation

Contact victoria@foodmatters.org for more information. 

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