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Green Infrastructure

The Essential Role of Green Infrastructure: Eco-towns Green Infrastructure Worksheet

Download the Eco-towns Green Infrastructure Worksheet

This Worksheet has been produced because it is recognised by the Government and a very wide range of bodies that green infrastructure is essential to both the environmental sustainability and the long-term social and economic success of eco-towns.

The Worksheet is designed to provide clear guidance on how to design, incorporate and operate green infrastructure that is fully ‘fit for purpose’. This guidance is intended not just for eco-town developers and planners but also for those who will manage the new settlements and work with the new communities. It is also intended to support the emergence of green infrastructure networks that, in terms of their quality, extent and capacity to deliver the widest range of environmental, social and economic benefits, can exceed the targets and standards for green spaces pursued by the champions of new settlements in previous generations.

Key recommendations - green infrastructure should: 

  • Be a primary consideration in planning, developing and maintaining an eco-town.
  • Be provided as a varied, widely distributed, strategically planned and interconnected network.
  • Be factored into land values and decisions on housing densities and urban structure.
  • Be accessible to local people and provide alternative means of transport.
  • Be designed to reflect and enhance the area’s locally distinctive character, including local landscapes and habitats.
  • Be supported by a green infrastructure strategy.
  • Be multi-functional, seeking the integration and interaction of different functions on the same site and across a green infrastructure network as a whole.
  • Be implemented through co-ordinated planning, delivery and management that cuts across local authority departments and boundaries and across different sectors.
  • Be able to achieve physical and functional connectivity between sites at all levels and right across a town, city or sub-region.
  • Be implemented primarily through focused green infrastructure strategies and the spatial planning system of Regional Spatial Strategies and Local Development Frameworks, and it should be formally adopted within these planning policy documents.
  • Be established permanently, with financial support for continued maintenance and adaptation.

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