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Green Infrastructure Forum

  1. 1. Consultation on the NW Green Infrastructure Guide Paul Nolan [email_address]
  2. 2. GI Guide <ul><li>Purpose </li></ul><ul><li>Support policy in RSS. </li></ul><ul><li>Be accessible to a range of potential readers. </li></ul><ul><li>Not a technical guide. </li></ul><ul><li>Provide examples and confidence to take forward GI Planning. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Consultation to date <ul><li>First Draft – July 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>Consultation seminar - July 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>Consultation report - September 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>Second Draft - October 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>Examination in Public </li></ul><ul><li>Second Draft July 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Consultation August 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Final Guide – September 2007 </li></ul>
  4. 5. Scope of Consultation <ul><li>Seminar - 90 attendees – 4 workshops </li></ul><ul><li>Consultation round 1 – 47 responses </li></ul><ul><li>Consultation round 2 - 7 responses </li></ul><ul><li>Consultation documents sent out to over 900 people each time </li></ul>
  5. 6. <ul><li>90 delegates from 54 organisations attended the launch of the draft guide. </li></ul><ul><li>Responses to consultation from </li></ul><ul><ul><li>3 Central Government Organisations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>4 Statutory Agencies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>16 County, District, Borough and City Councils </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>8 Regional Organisations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>8 Sub-regional / Local Organisations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2 Academic Bodies (who provided a combined response) </li></ul></ul>
  6. 7. Linking to RSS process <ul><li>Examination in public – January 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Guide prepared for final RSS period of consultation - this Autumn/Winter </li></ul>
  7. 8. Examination in Public <ul><li>we think the key to progress is the completion and agreement of the Green Infrastructure Guide. We think that will have a greater impact than any change to the wording of Policy EM3. </li></ul><ul><li>Inspectors Report May 2007 - page 140 </li></ul>
  8. 9. Finalising the Guide <ul><li>Consultation in summer 2007 </li></ul>
  9. 10. Summer 2007 Consultation Most responses generally supportive – “ We are supportive of the definition given in the NW Green Infrastructure Guide.” “ The five steps form a helpful framework for considering GI planning as this 5-step approach is straight forward and will enable all stakeholders to become adequately involved early in the process. “ “ The five step approach is concise and clear. Whilst there are concerns over the practical implementation of some of the steps in theory they represent a logical sequence leading to the development of a GI Plan.”
  10. 11. However <ul><li>Issues to address in final guide </li></ul><ul><li>Case studies - more and increase variety </li></ul><ul><li>Local variation in scope of the plan </li></ul><ul><li>Technical guidance </li></ul><ul><li>Use of term “Blue spaces” in the definition of GI </li></ul><ul><li>Highlight GI planning role in relation to the LDF process </li></ul><ul><li>Be aware of use of planning to mean - Spatial or Project planning - clarify in the document </li></ul>
  11. 12. <ul><li>Link to the Natural Economy NW work </li></ul><ul><li>Definition and examples of Typology/function/benefits </li></ul><ul><li>The need for a stand alone GI plan - or embed in other plans/strategies </li></ul><ul><li>Better policy example – call for planning policy principles </li></ul><ul><li>More information on the use of GI Plans for a range of purposes </li></ul>
  12. 13. Updated Final Plan <ul><li>GI Guide updated based on consultation </li></ul><ul><li>But not everything could be included; </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Technical Guidance and support </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Planning Policy Principles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More case studies </li></ul></ul>
  13. 14. Next Steps <ul><li>Print final guide </li></ul><ul><li>Develop Technical support papers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Typology/functions and benefits </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Link to LDF/Planning policy principles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Other papers developed based on need </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Increase number and range of case studies </li></ul><ul><li>Use website as the “home” for this information </li></ul><ul><li>www.greeninfrastructurenw.co.uk </li></ul><ul><li>Use GI Forum as the place to highlight issues that may need technical support </li></ul>
  14. 15. Early Days! <ul><li>“ Green Infrastructure is a relatively new concept for which there is currently no national policy context….” </li></ul><ul><li>“ GI is very much a new concept that is still emerging; it is untested and for the large part has yet to be fully debated in the North West .…” </li></ul><ul><li>EIP – May 2007 </li></ul>
  15. 16. Inspector’s view <ul><li>This is not to dispute the importance of Green Infrastructure. It has great potential to act as part of an over-arching policy framework and to shape the pattern of development in a significant way. But its development is at an early stage. </li></ul>
  16. 17. And <ul><li>It is likely in a future review that this will be thought through much further and will achieve greater prominence as part of the over-arching framework (it is already mentioned in our proposed Policy DP6). </li></ul>
  17. 18. GI developing at all levels
  18. 19. Nearly finally <ul><li>Other Regions are ahead of NW </li></ul><ul><li>Developing national context </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Defra </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CLG – growth areas </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Natural England </li></ul></ul><ul><li>TCPA </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Climate Change Adaptation by Design </li></ul></ul><ul><li>RCEP </li></ul>
  19. 20. Conclusion <ul><li>Guide has had extensive consultation </li></ul><ul><li>A good deal of feedback has resulted in changes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Many from draft 1 to 2 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fewer from draft 2- Final </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Consultation also raised issues of </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Implementation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Technical Support </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Guide will now be officially forwarded to NWRA as support for EM3 </li></ul><ul><li>Work will continue to develop methodologies, plans and projects </li></ul><ul><li>Use GI Forum and website to keep people informed </li></ul>

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