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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

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Natural England's Sustainable Communities Project

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