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Green Infrastructure: Innovative Landscape Planning for Multifunctional Environments?

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


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The role of Green Infrastructure planning as a mechanism for positive landscape development is being widely debated in the UK as a result of recent interest in the concept shown by government agencies and planning authorities. As a landscape planning process that encompasses the ideas and ideals of social and ecological connectivity and multi-functionality Green Infrastructures are seen to hold the potential to provide a panoply of ecological, economic and social benefits. The purpose of this paper it to outline the recent development of the Green Infrastructure concept in the UK and to provide an insight onto the underlying influences acting upon this development. Through an examination of the debates relating to landscape connectivity and the development of functional landscapes this paper will describe how the principles of environmental conservation, Greenways, landscape planning and Landscape Ecology have provided the basis for Green Infrastructure development. The paper discusses the role of Green Infrastructure as a part of the broader urban and urban-fringe renewal in the UK and the move towards planning policies that aim to achieve multi-functional green spaces. This becomes increasingly important when considering a variety of landscape scales with a focus on sustainability issues. Analysis of the results of a number of research projects undertaken by Newcastle University and the North East Community Forests (NECF) partnership will be presented to provide an indication of the current theoretical and practitioner context for Green Infrastructure planning. Finally, the paper speculates on the future development and potential of Green Infrastructure planning in the UK.

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Author(s): Mell IC, Roe M

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Unknown

Conference Name: Fabos Landscape Planning and Greenway Symposium

Year of Conference: 2007