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Natural England's Sustainable Communities Project

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Presentation given by David Solly, Specialist, GreenSpace and Recreation Policy, Natural England, GSNF, Aug 2007

Presentation given by David Solly, Specialist, GreenSpace and Recreation Policy, Natural England, GSNF, Aug 2007

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  • 1. Natural England’s Sustainable Communities Project Presentation to the Greenspace National Forum 8 th August 2007 Dave Solly Specialist, Greenspace and Recreation Policy
  • 2. NATURAL ENGLAND’S GENERAL PURPOSES (NERC Act 2006):
    • (a) promoting nature conservation and protecting biodiversity,
    • (b) conserving and enhancing the landscape,
    • (c) securing the provision and improvement of facilities for the study, understanding and enjoyment of the natural environment
    • (d) promoting access to the countryside and open spaces and encouraging open air recreation, and
    • contributing in other ways to social and economic well- being through management of the natural environment.
    • The purpose of subsection (e) may, in particular, be carried out by working with local communities.
  • 3. NATURAL ENGLAND’S STRATEGIC OUTCOMES
    • A healthy natural environment
    • Enjoyment of the Natural Environment
    • Sustainable use of the natural environment
    • A secure environmental future
  • 4. NATURAL ENGLAND POLICY
    • Policy Reviews:
    • RECREATION
    • URBAN AND URBAN FRINGE
      • Urban and Urban Fringe Policy
      • Green Infrastructure
    Natural England’s current expression of Urban and Urban Fringe Policy is Green Infrastructure, delivered through the Sustainable Communities Project
  • 5. SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES PROJECT
    • Timescale: Two-year project
    • Focus: work with developers, local development authorities and Government to stimulate a step change in delivery for the natural environment
    • Scope:
      • Concentration on the four growth areas and 29 growth points, selected localities in the North of England, including some Housing Renewal Pathfinder Areas.
      • Complementary to Natural England’s work in influencing plans and planning policy.
  • 6. SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES PROJECT
    • It will concentrate on quickly delivering two outcomes:
    • putting in place the right strategic arrangements for green infrastructure;
    • ensuring these result quickly in inspiring and exemplary greenspace sites.
  • 7. RELATIONSHIP TO RECREATION POLICY
    • Natural England’s Urban and Urban Fringe Policy Review says:
    • Recreation policy …” contributes to providing more and better green places and connecting networks, especially near to where people live in and around towns and cities”
  • 8. RECREATION POLICY REVIEW
    • Recreation Policy Review has identified:
    • 6 key recreation policy drivers:
    • health and wellbeing;
    • public demand;
    • social justice, diversity & deprivation;
    • reduction in the UK carbon footprint;
    • economic development; and,
    • engagement, understanding and enjoyment
  • 9. OUR CURRENT PRIORITIES
    • Review and refinement of quality standards for natural greenspace (inc ANGST)
    • Scoping how we test the application of these standards
    • Establishing mechanisms for sharing good practice and lessons learnt wider across the country
  • 10. DELIVERY AGREEMENT 07/08 Some of the natural greenspace activities:
    • Influencing role with government departments, LAs and stakeholders
    • Secure improvement and condition of the natural environment
      • Increase biodiversity of sites particularly in disadvantaged areas identified through Access to the Natural Environment Standard (ANGSt)
    • Quality and timely advice to LAs on establishing and managing LNRs.
    • Greenspace quality – promote use of Green Flag and Green Pennant Awards as national quality standard. Extend to wider site typologies
    • Development of Country Parks Network and Country Parks Accreditation Scheme
    • Input to BIG lottery programmes – e.g. Community Spaces,
    • Develop datasets on ANG, future needs, methodologies. Baseline data for development of possible web based information service “Outdoors on Line”
    • Campaigns – Health, Climate Change, Land Management, Coast
    • NNR Service Standards and improved facilities for visitors at particular NNRs
    • Support provision of well managed access through a network of statutory sites and routes
    • Sustainable Communities Project - Work with house builders and developers to apply ANGSt in Growth Areas and develop GI strategies in the Growth Points
    • Develop a national framework for application of ANGSt and pilot in London region
  • 11. For further information please contact me at: CONTACT: [email_address] Tel:01905 362973 or 01242 533385 Mobile: 07900 608304 Lucy Heath, Senior Specialist [email_address] Tel: 01242 533279 Mobile: 07900 608285