Building new green spaces in Bahrain

FUTURE construction permits could include a new requirement to add green spaces on property plans, following a move proposed by Northern Municipal Council.

The proposal was drafted by the council’s financial, administrative and legislative committee chairwoman Zaina Jassim.

She stated that making it one of the conditions for new building permits would help increase the amount of green spaces in the governorate.

“I have submitted a proposal to include green spaces in the architectural plans of new requests for buildings permits just as it is done in neighbouring countries, while also providing the citizens additional building space,” she said.

“It aims to increase green spaces in the various neighbourhoods while also enhancing the general image of residential, commercial and industrial buildings.

“This will also apply for schools, hospitals, mosques and other structures and will encourage agricultural practices as a societal culture to elevate the aesthetic of locations.”

According to Ms Jassim, the green spaces mandatory requirement will also enhance the quality of life in towns and villages, in addition to commercial and industrial areas.

She highlighted that it will reduce pollution by increasing oxygen production and protect the environment while providing clean air and increasing shaded spaces further reducing the costs incurred by the Northern Municipality to provide the same.

“The conditions must include a list of the plant species that are appropriate for our climate, as well as irrigation techniques, while ensuring treated water is used to preserve natural water resources as much as possible,” she added.

“It should also clearly state the minimum and maximum allocated space for greenery on the property to prevent random agriculture as well as fit into the architectural plan of each location.

“This will ensure that neighbours’ rights are preserved from invasion of space while protecting their property lines. It will also ensure that the green spaces don’t encroach on public roads which may be needed in the future for expansion projects.”

She also added that it is critical to take into account lines of vision, pedestrian movement and vehicular traffic because according to the 1996 Public Road Occupation Law it is prohibited to plant trees on public roads without permission.

The proposal was approved by the committee and will be tabled for general discussion among all the councillors in the next general meeting.





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