Presentation on theme: "Delivering Green Infrastructure through development Laura Kitson, Bedfordshire and Luton Green Infrastructure Consortium."— Presentation transcript:
Delivering Green Infrastructure through development Laura Kitson, Bedfordshire and Luton Green Infrastructure Consortium
Bedfordshire and Luton Green Infrastructure Consortium Promoting the concept of green infrastructure Co-ordinating green infrastructure planning Co-ordinating delivery of green infrastructure projects
Delivering GI through development GI delivery integrated with development proposals – the MKSM GI design guide GI delivery at a strategic level – planning obligations in Central Bedfordshire
Developing the design guidance Initial idea tested at a workshop in April ’09 Project commissioned in late ’09 Consultation event in February ’10 Launched at MKSM Housing and Planning Forum in April 2010
Testing with real examples Consultation with developers Working with developments on the ground to develop the guidance Case studies
How will the design guide help? The guide shows how policies at all levels can be implemented; it bridges the gap between policy and implementation
Working with the development process The design guide fits with the various stages of the development process; Preparation Design Implementation What questions need to be asked at what stage?
Focussing on design The guide identifies a range of ‘design considerations’ - functions that a GI network should deliver;
Delivering GI at a strategic level through development Case study from Central Bedfordshire
Informing the LDF policies Policy CS17: Green Infrastructure The Council will: Seek a net gain in green infrastructure through the protection and enhancement of assets and provision of new green spaces as set out in the Strategic, Mid Bedfordshire and Parish Green Infrastructure Plans. Take forward priority areas for the provision of new green infrastructure in the Forest of Marston Vale (including the Bedford and Milton Keynes Waterway), the Ivel Valley, the Greensand Ridge, the Flit Valley and the Chilterns. Require new development to contribute towards the delivery of new green infrastructure and the management of a linked network of new and enhanced open spaces and corridors. Development that would fragment or prejudice the green infrastructure network will not be permitted.
The evidence base needed Infrastructure Plan – to justify the planning obligations SPD GI plan – to justify the policies in the LDF Detailed costs – to develop the standard charge in the SPD
Funding green infrastructure delivery through development Theme AreaTotal CostTotal per Dwelling (rounded) Strategic Accessible Greenspace £14,440,000£217 Strategic access Routes £19,300,000£290 Historic Environment £11,923,100£179 Biodiversity£51,263,843£771 Landscape£4,795,500£72 Total Green Infrastructure£1529 generic charge
The current situation The planning obligations strategy was adopted in May 2008 Development has been slow When received, contributions are pooled across the area, and the funding allocated to GI projects
Partnership mechanism for funding allocation Funding is collected by the council The GI Consortium advises the council on appropriate GI projects. This advice is based the GI plans, and an assessment of projects against agreed priorities This provides the council with a robust mechanism that is agreed across all GI delivery partners The result is funding allocated to strategic GI projects that are a key part in the jigsaw of the GI network