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Planning Green Infrastructure

Planning for Green Infrastructure

Strategic Planning

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The Strategic Planning and Environmental Policy Team at Worcestershire County Council is a lead member of the Worcestershire Green Infrastructure (GI Partnership) and provides its secretariat. The GI Partnership includes the statutory agencies such as the Environment Agency, Natural England, Forestry Commission and English Heritage, local authorities, and voluntary sector organisations such as Worcestershire Wildlife Trust. 

A focus for the GI Partnership has been development of the Worcestershire Green Infrastructure Strategy and supporting evidence to guide the delivery of green infrastructure in the county through development, regeneration and environmental projects. The Strategy is now complete and can be accessed in the section below.

The GI Partnership is currently developing an Implementation Plan which will identify a number of projects to deliver the priorities outlined in the GI Strategy and will establish a spatial focus for collective action on green infrastructure in Worcestershire.

The GI Partnership also works at the site level to influence development and ensure the successful delivery of ecosystem services. It prepares GI Plans and Statements for strategic development sites which identify the GI principles to be followed in the sites' masterplanning. The GI Partnership collaborates with developers to ensure that site design incorporates sufficient good quality, accessible green infrastructure to protect and enhance the natural environment, as well as to support the health and well-being of future residents.

What is Green Infrastructure?

Green Infrastructure or GI is the network of green spaces that intersperse and connect our cities, towns and villages, providing multiple benefits for our environment, economy and communities. GI is a holistic approach to viewing and managing the natural environment; acknowledging the multiple benefits and vital services it provides and making tangible links to economic, health and social welfare agendas and aspirations. The components of GI include biodiversity, landscape, historic environment, access and recreation and water.

Worcestershire Green Infrastructure Strategy 2013-18

Green Infrastructure StrategyThe Worcestershire Green Infrastructure Partnership has produced the Worcestershire Green Infrastructure Strategy to drive forward the delivery of green infrastructure in the county. It sets out county-scale principles to inform plans and strategies being developed by partner organisations and to enable a coherent approach to delivery across a range of initiatives. 

Public Consultation

Between 17th May 2013 and 28th June 2013 the Strategy was subject to the public consultation. The Strategy was well received and a number of useful recommendations were made by various stakeholders. All comments were considered and the Strategy was revised accordingly to produce the final version.

Worcestershire GI Partnership Members

GI Partnership Members

The Worcestershire GI Partnership members include:

GI Priority Areas

Worcestershire Green Infrastructure Priority Areas

The Worcestershire Green Infrastructure Strategy identified a number of Green Infrastructure Priority Areas. View the interactive map:

Worcestershire GI map

Evidence Base

Green Infrastructure Framework documents provide the evidence base to inform and support production of the Worcestershire Green Infrastructure Strategy and future delivery of green infrastructure in Worcestershire.

The GI Framework papers published to date include: Green Infrastructure Framework document 1


  • Green Infrastructure Framework document 2 (PDF 2.29 MB).

    Planning for Green Infrastructure front coverThis paper includes a review of the baseline data for biodiversity, landscape and the historic environment and develops a combined approach to existing green infrastructure within the county, through the GI Environmental Character Areas. The GI Environmental Character Areas are classified according to the strategic intervention required, based on the existing GI assets and strategic analysis. A series of high-level objectives are set out for each of the character areas, based on the key green infrastructure themes.


  • Green Infrastructure Framework document 3 (PDF 8.7 MB).

    GI Framework 3This paper assesses informal recreation provision in the county and its contribution to green infrastructure. It identifies the location, extent, and functionality of strategic recreational assets in Worcestershire. It also explores the potential need for new recreational assets and identifies areas of search and potential funding mechanisms for new facilities.


  • Green Infrastructure Framework document 4 explores how multifunctional green infrastructure solutions can provide economic and health benefits, as well as contributing to climate change mitigation and adaptation.

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This page was last reviewed 4 April 2014 at 14:57.
The page is next due for review 1 October 2015.