Green Infrastructure Planning Policy Assessment Tool

Green Infrastructure Planning Policy Assessment Tool

This project has been developed with Max Hislop of Galgow and Clyde Valley Green Network 

The idea is to develop, test and finalise a self assessment tool, complete with guidance for local authorities to use freely to improve the design and wording of policies that address GI functions within their planning documents. The tool has been built from fusing existing research involving the NERC Building with Nature Standards, the IGI standards from Glasgow and Clyde valley GI project and outputs from my Mainstreaming GI project. 

Our focus is on improving strategic and local plans as these are the primary determinants used for planning decisions. It is our view that currently there are significant diffferences in the quality and coverage of policies for green infrastructure across local auhtorities and thus by strengthening these it will help achieve better green infrastructure outcomes. 

Of particular importance is the need to move away from producing a single GI policy to develop separate but linked policies that cover the full range of functions that green infrastructure covers. Furthermore the policies need to be in different chapters of plans thus improving the degree of mainstreaming as all too often people associate green infrastructure with environmental aspects.  

The following article in town and country planning highlights the development and potential of the tool 

There is an ecosystems knowledge network webinar on the development and application of the tool  

To date evaluations have been undertaken of national policy with the English NPPF and Planning Policy Wales. There is also suppporting guidance  

A series of workshops  have been held with the West of England and assoicated local auhtorities to help suppport their emeging local plans. We are also working with other local authorities on the tool. 

Please get in touch in you wish to discuss your own needs whether it be local plans, GI strategy or neighbourhood plans.