Green Infrastructure Planning Policy Assessment Tool

This project has been developed with Max Hislop of Glasgow and Clyde Valley Green Network

The Finalised  GI Policy assessment tool v3.4   is now available with comprehensive guidance and templates for undertaking your own GI assessment of local plans and GI policies.  

This self-assessment tool, complete with guidance for local authorities to use, is free and designed to improve the design and wording of policies that address GI functions within their planning documents. The tool has been built from fusing existing research involving the NERC Building with Nature Standards, the Integrated Green Infrastructure  standards from Glasgow and Clyde Valley Green Network Project and outputs from my Mainstreaming GI project. Together with planners from West of England Combined Authority and UK Green Infrastructure Partnership the matrix was developed with 26 assessment criteria covering core GI functions.    

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Our focus is on improving strategic and local plans and supporting green infrastructure strategies as these are the primary determinants used for planning decisions. It is our view that currently there are significant diffferences in the quality and coverage of policies for green infrastructure across local authorities and thus by strengthening these it will help deliver better green infrastructure outcomes. 

The matrix has been road tested by planners developing local plans and involves the following steps.

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Of particular importance is the need to move away from producing a single GI policy to develop separate but linked policies that cover the full range of functions that green infrastructure covers. Furthermore, the policies need to be in different chapters of plans thus improving the degree of mainstreaming as all too often people associate green infrastructure with environmental aspects.  

This work is built on the foundation of Max Hislop's work for the Scottish Government  which is also a paper in Planning Theory and Practice  but develops this further with a full review of green infrastructure functions, standards, stewardship and mainstreaming components .     

Using this version we have undertaken new reviews of both the National Planning Policy Framework February 2019 version   and Planning Policy Wales (PPW10) December 2018  

The following article in town and country planning highlights the development and potential of the tool:  Scott AJ and Hislop, M (2019) what does good GI policy look like? Town and Country Planning 88 (5) 177-184

In June 2020 an expert policy brief has been published under the EU PERFECT project. 


Please get in touch in you wish to discuss your own needs whether it be local plans, GI strategy or neighbourhood plans.

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