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Planning and GI seminar

The English planning system should be an important mechanism for ensuring that green infrastructure (GI) is created yet the potential for the English planning system to deliver GI is not always used to best effect. How can we make sure that the right evidence about the value of green infrastructure is presented to planners and planning inspectors in the right way?

There is now overwhelming international evidence that green infrastructure (GI) – such as parks, green spaces, green roofs, trees, green walls, gardens – is a vital component of the built environment. The English planning system should be an important mechanism for ensuring that green infrastructure is created – yet the potential for the English planning system to deliver GI is not always used to best effect. How can we make sure that the right evidence about the value of green infrastructure is presented to planners and planning inspectors in the right way? This seminar will explain how the Planning Inspectorate (PINs) works; how individual planning inspectors operate; what types of evidence they need; and when. It will consider the quantity and complexity of evidence available to demonstrate the value of GI and how best this could be used to influence planning decisions. It will also consider the roles of local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) and local nature partnerships (LNPs) and how they could work together to deliver GI.

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An introduction to the Planning Inspectorate, Chris Shepley CBE, former Chief Planning Inspector

How planning inspectors work, Gideon Amos OBE, Planning Inspector

Creating a strong case for GI in the local plan, Nick Grayson, Climate Change and Sustainability Manager, Birmingham City Council

Corralling the evidence about the value of GI, Martin Moss, Senior Advisor, Green Infrastructure, Natural England

GI and the planning system – a practitioner’s perspective, Professor Robert Tregay, Chairman, LDA Design

LEPs, LNPs and GI – making the most of the new local structures, Adam Wallace, Board Member, Buckinghamshire Natural Environment Partnership (LNP) and Richard Harrington, Chief Executive, Buckinghamshire Thames Valley LEP

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