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Setting the Standard for Green Infrastructure: The Need for, and Features of, a Benchmark in England

Calvert, Tom; Sinnett, Danielle; Smith, Nick; Jerome, Gemma; Burgess, Sarah; King, Louise


Thomas Calvert
Research Fellow in Transport and Urban Planning

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Nicholas Smith
AHOD in Geography & Planning Cluster Leader

Gemma Jerome

Sarah Burgess

Louise King
Associate Lecturer - FET - ABE - UABE0000


© 2018, © 2018 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. Green infrastructure is an essential component of health and sustainable places. The quality of green infrastructure often represents a missed opportunity to achieve this. This paper presents a review examining how built environment assessment systems evaluate the quality of green infrastructure. This was used to develop proposals for a new benchmark, which were examined by experts in terms of the demand, scope and operation. The findings suggest that current systems are not providing a robust assessment of green infrastructure and that a benchmark for green infrastructure would overcome some of the challenges associated with its planning, design and delivery.


Calvert, T., Sinnett, D., Smith, N., Jerome, G., Burgess, S., & King, L. (2018). Setting the Standard for Green Infrastructure: The Need for, and Features of, a Benchmark in England. Planning Practice and Research, 33(5), 558-573.

Journal Article Type Review
Acceptance Date Oct 1, 2018
Online Publication Date Oct 15, 2018
Publication Date Oct 20, 2018
Deposit Date Oct 2, 2018
Publicly Available Date Oct 2, 2018
Journal Planning Practice and Research
Print ISSN 0269-7459
Electronic ISSN 1360-0583
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 33
Issue 5
Pages 558-573
Keywords green infrastructure, planning, sustainable development
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