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Planning for a healthy environment: good practice for green infrastructure and biodiversity

Download 'Planning for a healthy environment: good practice for green infrastructure and biodiversity', July 2012

Download 'Annex C: model policies and approaches'

This new practical guidance for planners is set to provide local authorities with all they need to ensure local plans deliver a network of wildlife-rich places in their area.

‘Planning for a healthy environment: good practice for green infrastructure and biodiversity’, has been published by The Wildlife Trusts and the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA), in partnership with a wide range of organisations.  It provides guidance for practitioners to ensure nature is taken into account when shaping local areas. 

The planning system in England has a central role to play in the protection and restoration of the natural environment.  Ensuring green infrastructure is protected, restored, created and managed through the strategic planning process, and specific planning decisions, is at the heart of this guidance.

The natural environment plays a fundamental role in sustaining our collective future. It is widely recognised that people’s connection with nature can increase their health and well-being.  The natural environment also provides a range of additional economic, social and environmental services without which society could not function.

Led by The Wildlife Trusts and TCPA, the guide has been prepared with input from statutory and non statutory organisations with expertise in planning green infrastructure and biodiversity.  Endorsed by more than 30 organisations, it summarises the latest policy drivers; distils the best approaches and good practice; and signposts sources of further detailed information.

 Thanks are due to the 60-plus organisations and individuals that have shared expertise and contributed content during the production of this guidance. They include:

 ● Aggregate Industries

● Association of Local Government Ecologists

● Association of Local Environmental Records Centres (ALERC)

● Biodiversity by Design

● Buglife

● Butterfly Conservation

● Byerley Environmental Consultants

● Campaign for National Parks

● Campaign to Protect Rural England

● Central Bedfordshire Council

● Climate South East

● Climate UK

● Collingwood Environmental Planning

● Federation of City Farms

● Forest of Marston Vale

● Friends of the Earth

● Grasslands Trust

● GreenLINK

● GreenSpace

● Institute of Horticulture

● Ivison Consulting

● Landscape Institute

● Living Streets

● National Trust

● Open Spaces Society

● Oxford Brookes University

● Play England

● Ramblers

● Royal Horticultural Society

● Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

● Sustain

● Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust

● Town and Country Planning Association

● Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

● Wildlife and Countryside Link

● Wildlife Gardening Forum

● The Wildlife Trusts

● Woodland Trust

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