Government Pushes For Public Spaces In Plans

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According to the acting Director of Housing in the Ministry of Lands, Dave Khayangayanga, public spaces should be included in all development projects before plans are approved.

Government wants integration of public spaces in all development plans. The acting Director of Housing in the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Dave Khayangayanga says regulators should emphasize allocation of public spaces in all development plans before they are approved.
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A public space generally open and accessible to people and includes roads, sports fields, community meeting grounds, public squares, parks and beaches, among others.
The call comes as Uganda prepares to celebrate the World Habitat Day at the end of this month. The World habitat Day is celebrated on 5th October, but Uganda postponed its activities to end of the month.
The theme for the celebrations is "public spaces for all".
Dorothy Baziwe, the Executive Director of Shelter and Settlements Initiatives says human settlements with public spaces have many benefits.
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The focus on public places comes as urban centres across Uganda are fast losing public spaces and greenbelts, paving way for public and private buildings.


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