Improving Wellbeing through Urban Nature


Friday, November 16th, 2018

Seminar: Measuring the health of planning policies for green infrastructure

Prof Alister Scott BA PhD MRTPI FHEA

This talk will introduce the design, application and potential of a hybrid tool associated with developing standards for green infrastructure policy with a remit to help planners think more critically about how well their statutory and non-statutory plans address green infrastructure considerations. Crucially this tool is not new but rather builds on pre-existing partnerships and collaborations across academic, policy and practice with a strong Natural Environment Research Council flavour.

The resulting A-Z policy matrix has been used to assess the green infrastructure credentials of the newly published National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF: MHCLG, 2018) incorporating assessments of green infrastructure coverage and the strength of policy wording.  This national policy assessment is then complemented by analysis of Sheffield’s previously adopted local plan.

The combined analysis will help signpost the key areas to strengthen to help realise the aspirations of HM Governments 25 year environment plan and the different components of the A-Z criteria and where the attendant policy wording needs attention. Finally the paper will help identify the key hooks for built environment professionals to work on to improve wider placemaking and mainstreaming objectives within a plan-led development system.

View Slides:  HERE