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Negotiating value and priorities: evaluating the demands of green infrastructure development

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


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The potential of green infrastructure (GI) development has been recognised in a number of countries. In the UK, planning policy has identified GI and brought it into the legislative framework. It is assumed that it has a value for landscape enhancement for multifunctional aims: for increasing the adaptive capacity of the environment for climate change and long-term sustainability whilst protecting its ecological and social values. This paper uses an evaluative tool developed from a plan of action proposed in the early stages of GI thinking by applying it to a contemporary case study in England. This assessment reveals a mismatch between policy aims and the potential on the ground for creating GI. The study reveals ‘institutional schizophrenia’, a fragmented approach to the delivery of GI that affects stakeholder collaboration and confidence. The findings suggest a possible decrease in the level of GI creation because of restrictions placed upon local authorities and important repercussions for GI development and potential ecosystem services.

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Author(s): Roe MH, Mell IC

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Environmental Planning & Management

Year: 2013

Volume: 56

Issue: 5

Pages: 650-673

Print publication date: 20/09/2012

ISSN (print): 0964-0568

ISSN (electronic): 1360-0559

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/09640568.2012.693454


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