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Green Infrastructure: Design and Placemaking

Official Print Publication Date
Website Publication DateNovember 08, 2011


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.


Ministerial Foreword

Current Planning Policy and Advice on Green Infrastructure

Part 1
About Green Infrastructure
Range of scales
Simple shifts from 'grey' to 'green'
Should think about Green Infrastructure
Should work together
Can offer help and advice
Policy Framework
Development Planning
Temporary Greening
Advance Greening

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