Development of a benchmark for green infrastructure

Jerome, G., Sinnett, D., Mortlock, R., Calvert, T., Burgess, S. and Smith, N. (2016) Development of a benchmark for green infrastructure. In: UK-Ireland Planning Research Conference, University of Cardiff, Wales, UK, 6-7 September 2016. Available from:

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This paper presents the development of a benchmark for green infrastructure (GI). Green infrastructure brings together many land uses (e.g. parks, gardens, cemeteries, allotments, nature reserves, surface water), urban design (e.g. street trees, landscaping) and functional features (e.g. sustainable urban drainage systems, green roofs) operating at differing spatial scales. There is a substantial body of research demonstrating the multiple benefits of GI. Despite this evidence base there is still considerable uncertainty as to how GI can best be delivered and maintained in practice. This benchmark for GI has been developed through a combination of literature review and engagement with key stakeholders including the planning, landscape architecture, and developer communities. It provides a points-based benchmark that allows an assessment of the process of GI creation, from policy, through to planning, design, delivery and long-term management, ensuring that current good practice has been adopted at all stages. The benchmark standards consider different aspects of GI in terms of form and. Where standards or guidance exist it sign-posts to these or, where they do not, it draws from the evidence base. This paper will present the framework for the benchmark and findings from a feasibility study examining its practical application.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords:green infrastructure, environment, planning
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Environment and Technology > Department of Architecture and the Built Environment
ID Code:30057
Deposited By: Dr D. Sinnett
Deposited On:05 Oct 2016 08:03
Last Modified:03 Apr 2017 01:59

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