A-Z of designing and writing better green infrastructure policies with a case study of Englands NPPF
05 Oct 2018
Working with Max Hislop we have developed a new approach to improving the way that policies for green infrastructure are embedded in national, regional, local and neighbourhood plans.
So we are pleased to introduce the A-Z of designing and writing new and better policies that cover all the key components of green and blue infrastructure as well as including a key mainstreaming component.
Third, there is the revised assessment (December 2018) undertaken by myself and Max Hislop on the new NPPF . This supersedes previous assessments reflecting conusltations with stakeholders over the criteria and scoring.
The changes most evident relate to the mainstreaming section (A-C) where it was felt important to score this differently from other criteria. So rather than scoring just one policy occurence for successful coverage of mainstreaming, there needed to be several examples (3+) to score green, 2+ for amber and 1 example would only score grey. More detialed guidance is forthcoming on the matrix shortly
Here are my comments regarding potential areas to improve the New Criteria Vision table:
1. Policy Plan Mainstreaming; Policy integration- needs to refer to other environmental policy priorities. This includes meeting global, national, regional and local regulatory and policy commitments, such as regarding protected habitats and species (CBD and Aichi targets, Wildlife Act, NPPF), supporting carbon reduction targets and other sustainability commitments (UNFCCC, UN Sustainable Development Goals)
3. Biodiversity habitats; Biodiversity gain; K:"GI must deliver habitat enhancements to increase biodiversity relevant to site" should insert at the end "and taking into account adjacent biogeography"
4. Physical environment - needs to include soil quality
6. Green Space- consider renaming subheading "Meet user needs" to "Inclusive provision" with the additional wording "GI will be designed to provideinclusive access to green spacerecreational facilities for different users & age groups, including visual amenity"
7. Stewardship- consider adding a new subheading "Monitoring and review" with the assessment critieria "Regular (annual?) site appraisal and review of GI delivery is conducted to improve current practice and enhance future benefits"
Dr. Rosalie Callway
Partnership for Biodiversity in Planning
By: Dr. Rosalie Callway at: 09 Oct 2018, 12:59:51
A possible missing GI function is also Provisioning or productive GI, with assessment criteria as such "GI is designed to promote local economic and social benefits such as through sustainable food production, agroforestry, urban community farming and allotments, landscape amenity"
By: Dr. Rosalie Callway at: 09 Oct 2018, 13:22:22