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Green Infrastructure and Landscape Planning: Collaborative Projects in the North East of England

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Maggie RoeORCiD, Ian Mell


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Recent interest by government agencies and planning authorities in the UK has instigated considerable debate over the potential of green infrastructure as a planning mechanism for positive landscape development. Green infrastructure planning encompasses the ideas and ideals of social and ecological connectivity and multi-functionality and is seen to hold the potential to provide a wide variety of ecological, economic and social benefits. The purpose of this paper is to examine the recent development of the green infrastructure concept and potential for planning in the UK and through a discussion of the results of two research projects carried out in the North East of England by Newcastle University in conjunction with Northumbria University and the North East Community Forests (NECF). The results of the projects can be split into ‘process’ outcomes and ‘substantive’ outcomes (Margerum & Born, 1995). These findings indicate the usefulness of a collaborative GIS methodology for the articulation and exploration of green infrastructure thinking by policy-makers, planners, landscape managers and other interested groups who participated in the projects. The process revealed that there is general enthusiasm for the use of green infrastructure amongst such groups as a planning tool. Substantive outcomes included the identification of the importance of local landscapes even at the regional level in line with thinking embedded within the European Landscape Convention and the use of this as a priority within the development of the projects. A number of other outcomes included the development of a web-based Green Infrastructure Planning Guide, the establishment of a PhD studentship and a network to push forward planning understanding and implementation and It was also recognised that further work needs to be done to help provide the means for planners, in particular, to operationalise the concept at local and regional levels.

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Author(s): Roe M, Mell IC

Editor(s): Karadeniz, N; Bruns, D; Jorgensen, K; Stiles, R; Maruzic, I; De Vries, J; Kadovic, R; Cvejic, J; and Grbic, M

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: Landscape Assessment - From Theory to Practice: Applications in Planning and Design, Proceedings of the 18th Interantional annucal ECLAS Conference

Year of Conference: 2007

Pages: 97-104

Publisher: Belgrade : University of Belgrade

Library holdings: Search Newcastle University Library for this item

ISBN: 9788672991376