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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
Senior Lecturer in Real Estate and Property Management


© 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
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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