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Making Better Policies and Plans for Green Infrastructure: A Self Assessment Tool

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.   

This works draws heavily on Max Hislops work for the Scottish Government here    pdf_icon_white.png 

So we are pleased to introduce a hybridised tool for 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.   

The story and results of this process are told in the following presentation given to the Valuing Nature Network on 13th November 2018 pdf_icon_white.png

First, there is the new and revised  A to Z guide with commentary of changes  of 26 assessment criteria obtained from key research and practice components  pdf_icon_white.png

Second  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. xlsx_icon_white.png

 Third, we have produced draft guidance for using the self assessment tool here pdf_icon_white.png

 A blank excel spreadhseet you can use for inutting your data is here. xlsx_icon_white.png 


All comments are greatly appreciated - please help mainstream green infrastructure by adding to the conversation.

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"

Best wishes,


Dr. Rosalie Callway

Project Officer

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