TCPA Publications

PERFECT Expert Papers

The PERFECT expert papers are intended for an audience of policy-makers and practitioners working in local public sector organisations, as well as national and international organisations who are responsible for setting policy frameworks and investment strategies.


T&CP journal special edition - Mainstreaming green infrastructure

A special edition of the journal Town & Country Planning, guest edited by Professor Alister Scott. Using case studies from around the world, this special edition of our monthly journal explores academic, policy and practice articles to signpost how green infrastructure can be better configured, communicated and employed to deliver responsible placemaking.


Garden City guide: Planning for green and prosperous places

The right way to introduce green infrastructure into new garden communities: the TCPA's guide for planning for green and prosperous places provides practical advice for installing green infrastructure in large-scale developments and new communities.


Walking in urban parks and green spaces

This report, produced with The Ramblers, explores Britain’s attitudes to walking, asking 1,000 people from England, Scotland and Wales to share how often they use their parks and green spaces and what would encourage them to walk in these areas more frequently. The research reveals that each age group holds a different opinion about the value of walking, and that if we want to encourage people to enjoy green spaces we need to cater for each of their needs.


External Resources:

Green infrastructure resource library

The Green Infrastructure Resource Library (GIRL) is a unique database of documents, case-studies, videos, tools and other information about green infrastructure and its benefits and is free to use.


Managing grassland road verges

The conservation charity Plantlife has created a guide for managing road verges to improve biodiversity.


Green Flag Awards

The Green Flag Awards scheme recognises and rewards well-managed parks and green spaces, setting a benchmark standard for the management of recreational outdoor spaces across the UK and around the world. Communities can nominate their shared green spaces for a green flag award, which will help encourage others to achieve similar standards and further protect the nations parks.


Building with Nature

Building with Nature is an assessment and accreditation service for green infrastructure in housing and commercial development. The tool measures three key themes: wellbeing, water and wildlife, aligning each with local policy contexts and ensuring commitments to long-term maintenance.


The Green Space Factor and the Green Points System

This paper presents advice on how to implement the Green Space Factor, a tool for calculating green infrastructure requirements for new developments.


Mainstreaming green infrastructure

This free database, coordinated by Professor Alister Scott, works to ensure that green infrastructure is accessible to everyone and compiles information on its economic, health and wellbeing benefits. The website publishes key organisations, reports, tools and research papers on the subject.