Planning for new and existing communities provides many opportunities to protect and enhance the value of the natural environment while responding to challenges posed by climate change. High quality green infrastructure is vital for the economic success of places. Thinking about nature should be the starting point of good planning and is an essential component of delivering sustainable development. 

The TCPA has published two guides to help planners achieve good green infrastructure:

Planning for green and prosperous places (2017) is part of our series of 'Practical Guides' to creating new garden cities, towns and villages, and can be downloaded from this page. Although aimed at anyone working to create high quality new garden cities, towns and villages it is relevant to any new development.

Planning for a healthy environment - good practice guidance for green infrastructure and biodiversity (2012) was written prior to the introduction of the National Planning Policy Framework, but goes into useful detail about the planning process and focuses on biodiversity. It was prepared with the support of a wide range of organisations, including the Wildlife Trusts.

Download the guide here.