Handbook on Green Infrastructure
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Handbook on Green Infrastructure

Planning, Design and Implementation

Edited by Danielle Sinnett, Nicholas Smith and Sarah Burgess

Green infrastructure is widely recognised as a valuable resource in our towns and cities and it is therefore crucial to understand, create, protect and manage this resource. This Handbook sets the context for green infrastructure as a means to make urban environments more resilient, sustainable, liveable and equitable. It then provides a comprehensive and authoritative account for those seeking to achieve sustainable green infrastructure in urban environments of how to plan, design and implement green infrastructure at different spatial scales.
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Chapter 20: Implementing green infrastructure through residential development in the UK

Sarah Payne and Adam Barker


In contrast to initiatives elsewhere, the emergence of the green infrastructure agenda within the UK has been firmly aligned with mainstream economic development goals, driven to a large extent by the combined concerns of increasing urban development/compaction and climate change impacts. While embedding green infrastructure provision within spatial planning and housing policy remains largely limited in UK planning practice, there are a few notable exceptions, signalling the potential for a market-based delivery model of green infrastructure implementation, particularly through new residential development. In this chapter, we examine the potential role of market delivery in green infrastructure implementation by exploring the attitudes and behaviours of speculative housebuilders towards integrating green infrastructure within mainstream residential development. In doing so, we reflect on the alignment of green infrastructure with mainstream economic development goals in the UK and consider whether there is market capacity to deliver state-led policy initiatives seeking to enhance green infrastructure provision.

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