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New law brings about plans for expanding green spaces in Paris

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A new law modifies Paris’ local development plan with a focus on creating more green spaces and rebalancing housing between the east and west of the city.

The City of Paris has adopted changes to its local development plan (PLU) — plan local d’urbanisme — which will see an increase in green spaces and housing in the capital. The PLU seeks to redress the balance between the housing-heavy east of Paris and the west, an area more heavy in office space.

Modifications to the PLU were approved by the socialist and communist parties and, for the first time since 2001, by the green party as well. The conservative UDI-MoDem coalition and the Republicans voted against the amendments.

The Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, praised the new plan, which “carries the vision of an increasingly benevolent, ecological and attractive” city with the “ability to provide adequate shelter for all.”

With an eye to preserving and expanding Paris’ green spaces, the PLU classifies 27 new acres as protected urban green zones and provides for the creation of a 17-acre park in Chapelle Charbon (in the 18th arrondissement). It also protects the Grenelle Reservoirs in the 15th arrondissement, and the Championnet Stadium and the Bois Dormoy, both in the 18th.

The changes represent symbolic and important victories for residents and communities fighting to preserve local green spaces.

On a private scale, the new law ratifies the requirement for new-build constructions to adorn rooftop terraces measuring more than 100m2 with greenery and plants. For residential housing, all new residential buildings in neighborhoods lacking in social housing must reserve at least 30% of its residences to such housing.  All new constructions must also include sufficient parking spaces.

The plan focuses on more energy-efficient construction, including the use of recyclable material for building construction. The new legal requirements will come into effect in September.

Photo credit: Wikimedia / Mbzt

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