Better Planning Key To Better Green Spaces

Better partnerships and evidence are the key to deriving greater benefits from green places, according to a recent Natural England conference organised by the Green Infrastructure Partnership, which considered how the English planning system could be used to support and maintain the delivery of green infrastructure more creatively in the long term.

Speakers from the worlds of planning, environment and local government met to assess the powerful international evidence about the value of green infrastructure and will discuss how this evidence can be used to influence planning decisions and so create better places.

Recent research has overwhelmingly indicated that places with high quality green infrastructure – such as public parks, green spaces, green roofs and street trees – are better for our physical and mental health, are less likely to flood, and attract more investment. Yet often the value of green infrastructure is not factored into planning decisions, the conference heard.

More details are available from the Natural England website

 

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