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Green Infrastructure: Design and Placemaking

DescriptionPublication
ISBN
Official Print Publication Date
Website Publication DateNovember 08, 2011

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ISBN 978 1 78045 351 4
DPPAS 10377

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Green Infrastructure: Design and Placemaking

This document is aimed at planners, landscape architects, developers, housebuilders and others involved in shaping our built and green environments.The content of the document builds on Designing Places and Designing Streets to give practical tips on incorporating green infrastructure in masterplans. It is split into two parts:

  • Part 1 explains what green infrastructure is, who should be involved, when to think about it, and highlights the many advantages of taking an integrated approach to green infrastructure in designs.
  • Part 2 focuses on masterplanning, in particular by showing how green infrastructure can contribute to each of the six qualities of successful places that have been identified throughout the Scottish Government's design policy.

The issues flagged in this guide apply from large scale frameworks, to masterplans and site briefs down to designs for individual projects. Throughout the guide, examples* from a range of scales and contexts are featured, to show good practice in the design and creation of green infrastructure.

* Some of the projects featured in this document may not yet have planning consent. These projects have been included to illustrate different ways in which green infrastructure can be incorporated in site appraisals and designs. Their inclusion in this document does not influence Planning Authority decision making.

Contents

Ministerial Foreword

Current Planning Policy and Advice on Green Infrastructure

Part 1
About Green Infrastructure
What?
Description
Range of scales
Simple shifts from 'grey' to 'green'
Why?
Benefits
Who?
Should think about Green Infrastructure
Should work together
Can offer help and advice
When?
Policy Framework
Development Planning
Masterplan/Project
Temporary Greening
Advance Greening
Retrofitting

Part 2
Green Infrastructure and Masterplanning
How?
i) Looking at a site
Examples of how to consider Green Infrastructure during site appraisal
ii) Creating a masterplan
6 Qualities of Successful Places
Welcoming
Distinctive
Safe and pleasant
Easy to move around
Resource Efficient
Adaptable
iii) Learning from Abroad
Vauban, Germany
New York, USA
Summary