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Development of a benchmark for green infrastructure

Jerome, Gemma; Sinnett, Danielle; Mortlock, Roger; Calvert, Tom; Burgess, Sarah; Smith, Nicholas

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Gemma Jerome

Roger Mortlock

Thomas Calvert
Research Fellow in Transport and Urban Planning

Sarah Burgess

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Nicholas Smith
AHOD in Geography & Planning Cluster Leader


This paper presents the development of a benchmark for green infrastructure (GI). Green infrastructure brings together many land uses (e.g. parks, gardens, cemeteries, allotments, nature reserves, surface water), urban design (e.g. street trees, landscaping) and functional features (e.g. sustainable urban drainage systems, green roofs) operating at differing spatial scales. There is a substantial body of research demonstrating the multiple benefits of GI. Despite this evidence base there is still considerable uncertainty as to how GI can best be delivered and maintained in practice. This benchmark for GI has been developed through a combination of literature review and engagement with key stakeholders including the planning, landscape architecture, and developer communities. It provides a points-based benchmark that allows an assessment of the process of GI creation, from policy, through to planning, design, delivery and long-term management, ensuring that current good practice has been adopted at all stages. The benchmark standards consider different aspects of GI in terms of form and. Where standards or guidance exist it sign-posts to these or, where they do not, it draws from the evidence base. This paper will present the framework for the benchmark and findings from a feasibility study examining its practical application.


Jerome, G., Sinnett, D., Mortlock, R., Calvert, T., Burgess, S., & Smith, N. (2016, September). Development of a benchmark for green infrastructure. Paper presented at UK-Ireland Planning Research Conference

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (unpublished)
Conference Name UK-Ireland Planning Research Conference
Start Date Sep 6, 2016
End Date Sep 7, 2016
Acceptance Date May 31, 2016
Publication Date Jan 1, 2016
Publicly Available Date Jun 7, 2019
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Keywords green infrastructure, environment, planning
Additional Information Title of Conference or Conference Proceedings : UK-Ireland Planning Research Conference


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