Green Infrastructure Planning Policy Assessment Tool

Green Infrastructure Planning Policy Assessment Tool

This project has been developed with Max Hislop of Glasgow 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.  

This work is built on the foundation of Max Hislop's work for the Scottish Government    pdf_icon_white.png  but develops this further with a full review of green infrastructure functions, standards, stewardship and mainstreaming components leading to an A-Z matrix.     

The latest version (V3) of the tool was presented on 10 july 2019 that launches version 3 here. pdf_icon_white.png

Version 3 incorporates climate change in the mainstreaming section and has changed the criteria and scoring for A-C to make them easier to assess and input.   

Using this version we have undertaken new reviews of both the NPPF xlsx_icon_white.png and PPW10 xlsx_icon_white.png

Draft guidance for V3 using the self assessment tool is  here in the form of an excel spreadhseet showing in detial how to develop and use your own matrix assessment. 

Examples showing strong and weak GI coverage on criteria D-Z are here pdf_icon_white.png 

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

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