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Green Infrastructure [GI]

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GI can be defined as a planned network of multifunctional green spaces and interconnecting links.

The Northamptonshire GI has adopted a strategic and collaborative approach that, through regeneration, conservation and land management, addresses the environmental, social and economic aspects of growth and development, changes within both urban and rural landscapes, and the fragmentation of habitats.

At the strategic level, GI is an environmental system that supports the health, well-being , and aesthetic values of communities and the maintenance of functional ecosystems. It provides a process that makes the most of existing and future assets, enables the environment to support and maintain natural and ecological processes, and sustains land, air and water resources.

GI is integral to the health and quality of life of sustainable communities within Northamptonshire and throughout the Milton Keynes and South Midlands Growth Area.

The Northamptonshire Approach

Prior to the Northamptonshire assessments Green Infrastructure in the UK was traditionally applied to urban contexts, with GI strategies developed for particular built up areas of London to present strategies for linking areas of urban green space. however, Northamptonshire required a new and pioneering approach in recognition of the rural character of the county. In this respect, the Northamptonshire GI Strategy represents an important step forward in GI networks for both urban and rural areas at a sub regional scale of assessment. The approach evolved over the course of two independent studies.

The first phase explored GI planning for North Northamptonshire, and included a pilot study, comprising a local framework for Corby that provides a transferable methodology for further local studies. Following on from these studies, the approach was refined and underwent further consultation during the development of a GI Strategy for the west of the county. This refined approach was then applied to North Northamptonshire to establish comparable outputs and to allow the integration of the two studies into a single GI model and Strategy for the entire county.

Latest Green Infrastructure Publications

  •   Green Infrastructure Guide for The East Midlands [3 of 3]

    The Guide, commissioned by EMRA and developed by RNRP and other regional partners aims to assist local delivery vehicles, local authorities and community based initiatives at local and sub regional level and around the UK. Building on the 2005 'East Midlands Green Infrastructure Scoping Study' and the subsequent 'Green Infrastructure for the East Midlands A Public Benefit Mapping Project' studies, the Guide incorporates numerous innovative Case Studies from around the region that demonstrate models for effective GI. [3 of 3]   [ 3MB ]

  •   Green Infrastructure Guide for The East Midlands [2 of 3]

    The Guide, commissioned by EMRA and developed by RNRP and other regional partners aims to assist local delivery vehicles, local authorities and community based initiatives at local and sub regional level and around the UK. Building on the 2005 'East Midlands Green Infrastructure Scoping Study' and the subsequent 'Green Infrastructure for the East Midlands A Public Benefit Mapping Project' studies, the Guide incorporates numerous innovative Case Studies from around the region that demonstrate models for effective GI. [2 of 3]   [ 3MB ]

  •   Green Infrastructure Guide for The East Midlands [1 of 3]

    The Guide, commissioned by EMRA and developed by RNRP and other regional partners aims to assist local delivery vehicles, local authorities and community based initiatives at local and sub regional level and around the UK. Building on the 2005 'East Midlands Green Infrastructure Scoping Study' and the subsequent 'Green Infrastructure for the East Midlands A Public Benefit Mapping Project' studies, the Guide incorporates numerous innovative Case Studies from around the region that demonstrate models for effective GI. [1 of 3]   [ 3MB ]

  •   Green Infrastructure - Making the Connection (Study C)

    This document sets out the vision and process for establishing a local green infrastructure framework for Corby set within the Strategic framework that has been developed for North Northamptonshire (Rockingham Forest area).   [ 765KB ]

  •   Green Infrastructure - Making the Connection (Study B)

    In common with West Northamptonshire (presented in Study A), a comprehensive examination of the environmental resource within North Northamptonshire has been undertaken in order to implement the approach discussed earlier and identify a GI Strategy.   [ 1MB ]

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