Last edited 05 Nov 2016

Green infrastructure

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[edit] Introduction

Green infrastructure is defined as, ‘...a network comprising the broadest range of high quality green spaces and other environmental features ...it needs to be delivered at all spatial scales from sub-regional to local neighbourhood level.’ (ref Natural England, 2009)

Green infrastructure can include:

In the rural environment, green infrastructure is considered to be the larger landscape features, such as; river corridors, flood meadows, wide green corridors and ecological networks (ref Natural England, 2009).

NB Planning practice guidance defines green infrastructure as:

'...a network of multifunctional green space, urban and rural, which is capable of delivering a wide range of environmental and quality of life benefits for local communities. Green infrastructure is not simply an alternative description for conventional open space. As a network it includes parks, open spaces, playing fields, woodlands, but also street trees, allotments and private gardens. It can also include streams, canals and other water bodies and features such as green roofs and walls.'

[edit] Benefits of green infrastructure

If green infrastructure is well planned, with a shared understanding of the aims between developers, planners and ecologists, then wide-ranging benefits can be delivered, including:

[edit] Planning

All development proposals should consider opportunities to enhance biodiversity and contribute to habitat connectivity in the wider area. The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) places an emphasis on sustainable development which includes net gains for nature, and a key principle for planning is the conservation and enhancement of the natural environment and a reduction in pollution.

[edit] Green Infrastructure Partnership

The Green Infrastructure Partnership was established in 2011 following publication of the government’s Natural Environment White Paper. It supports the development of green infrastructure by helping identify and improve green infrastructure’s benefits as an ecological network for health, well-being and climate change buffering. Regular newsletters are published by the partnership summarising the latest news, policy and other developments related to green infrastructure.

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