Local perspectives on
blue-green cities
Kit England
Newcastle City Council
What I’ll cover
 Overview of the City’s aspirations on
Green and Blue Infrastructure
 Benefits of a blue-green approach
...
Our aspirations
 Want Newcastle to be a resilient, sustainable,
and attractive city where Green Infrastructure
is commonp...
Drivers
Council’s four priorities
National Planning Policy Framework
Flood and Water Management Act 2010
Climate Change Ac...
Current position
 Good amount of green space in the city already
 Outline GI strategy developed for the City –
highlight...
Current position
 Good amount of green space in the city already
 Outline GI strategy developed for the City –
highlight...
Opportunity areas
Current position
 Good amount of green space in the city already
 Outline GI strategy developed for the City –
highlight...
Challenges
 Reducing funding to the public sector
(not just Local Government)
 Difficult to make the business case as
ha...
What we hope the project will
help us understand
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The effectiveness of Blue/Green Infrastructure in address...
Kit England
Policy and Information Officer
Newcastle City Council
T: 0191 211 5098
E: kit.england@newcastle.gov.uk
Newcastle City Council - 14 Feb 2014 - Local perspectives on bluegreencities
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Presentation given to the first local stakeholders meeting of the EPSRC BlueGreenCities project on some local perspectives of BlueGreenCities, including drivers, current state of play, challenges, and hopes for what the project might achieve.

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  • Welcome,
    Pleased to be here to speak today. I realise that this is just the start of a really exciting couple of years for water management and Green Infrastructure. Hopefully in the ten or fifteen minutes that I have, I’ll be able to give you an insight into why the project is so important
    I’ll not be able to go into all the detail here but instead, intending to give you a bit of an overview of the
    current work to date in Newcastle, our aspirations around blue and green infrastructure and how we hope the project will help us in .
    Although I’m up here, we have a number of local stakeholders, so there are colleagues from the Council, Northumbrian Water and Environment Agency who all know more than me on different aspects so when it comes to questions I’ll point you in their direction
  • Run over four priorities – Working city, decent neighbourhoods, tackling inequalities. GI supports these
    Starting from a good level
  • Run over four priorities – Working city, decent neighbourhoods, tackling inequalities. GI supports these
  • Percentage of green space in the city: 55%
    Percentage of water areas in the city: 5%
    Nearly one-quarter (17.05 km2) of total green space is publically accessible
    The percentage of citizens living within 300m of public green urban areas: Based on
    the 2011 census population total 89% of citizens live within 300m of public green area that
    has an area greater than 5000m² (European Indicator Standard).
  • Fair number of bullet points here, so no pressure! Some of these come from the work packages in the project, and some from the
    To a greater or lesser extent
  • Newcastle City Council - 14 Feb 2014 - Local perspectives on bluegreencities

    1. 1. Local perspectives on blue-green cities Kit England Newcastle City Council
    2. 2. What I’ll cover  Overview of the City’s aspirations on Green and Blue Infrastructure  Benefits of a blue-green approach  Drivers  Current position  Challenges to delivery  Some of the questions we hope that the project will help us to answer
    3. 3. Our aspirations  Want Newcastle to be a resilient, sustainable, and attractive city where Green Infrastructure is commonplace  Generally well accepted amongst policy makers that Green Infrastructure is a way forward for many local authority agendas  Benefits for many areas including Public Health, climate change mitigation and adaptation, Flood Management, Air Quality, Economic Development, Ecology and Biodiversity
    4. 4. Drivers Council’s four priorities National Planning Policy Framework Flood and Water Management Act 2010 Climate Change Act 2008 Cities Commitment in National Adaptation Programme  Recognition of multiple policy benefits     
    5. 5. Current position  Good amount of green space in the city already  Outline GI strategy developed for the City – highlighted key areas for improvement  Local Plan containing policies on flood risk, green infrastructure and climate change  NCC a lead local flood authority – duties to reduce risk from surface water flooding, and to set up SUDS Approval Body  Water cycle study/Surface Water Management Plan highlighted need to manage surface water differently to accommodate growth due to sewerage capacity
    6. 6. Current position  Good amount of green space in the city already  Outline GI strategy developed for the City – highlighted key areas for improvement  Local Plan containing policies on flood risk, green infrastructure and climate change  NCC a lead local flood authority – duties to reduce risk from surface water flooding, and to set up SUDS Approval Body  Water cycle study/Surface Water Management Plan highlighted need to manage surface water differently to accommodate growth due to sewerage capacity
    7. 7. Opportunity areas
    8. 8. Current position  Good amount of green space in the city already  Outline GI strategy developed for the City – highlighted key areas for improvement  Local Plan containing policies on flood risk, green infrastructure and climate change  NCC a lead local flood authority – duties to reduce risk from surface water flooding, and to set up SUDS Approval Body  Water cycle study/Surface Water Management Plan highlighted need to manage surface water differently to accommodate growth due to sewerage capacity
    9. 9. Challenges  Reducing funding to the public sector (not just Local Government)  Difficult to make the business case as hard to quantify some benefits  Some hesitance/doubt about the effectiveness of such measures vs. hard engineering, maintenance costs etc.
    10. 10. What we hope the project will help us understand        The effectiveness of Blue/Green Infrastructure in addressing flood risk, now and in the future How long term pressures such as population growth, demographic change and climate change will change flood risk Some of the ecosystems services provided by GI in the city and the potential for extending these The extent to which actions of individuals can make a difference in flood management The potential range of finance models for funding such an approach based on monetising the benefits – e.g. health contributions, private sector What institutional capacities/arrangements are needed to make such approaches succeed A better understanding of skills/supply chains requirements
    11. 11. Kit England Policy and Information Officer Newcastle City Council T: 0191 211 5098 E: kit.england@newcastle.gov.uk

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