Environment Minister Richard Benyon and Planning Minister Bob Neill have launched the Green Infrastructure Partnership, which will support the development of green networks in urban areas and help communities make better use of their local infrastructure - turning it from grey to green.
The Partnership will investigate how local communities, planners and decision-makers can be supported in designing and developing new green infrastructure, make the case for new projects and look at how they can be improved to meet communities’ needs.
Launching the Partnership is a government commitment in the Natural Environment White Paper, published earlier in the year. The Partnership aims to work strategically at national level to promote the development and enhancement of green infrastructure.
Bob Neill, Minister Communities and Local Government said:
Sustainable development must go hand in hand with protecting and making the best use of our valuable green spaces and rural corridors. The Green Infrastructure Partnership will be a key player in helping to develop the full potential of England’s green infrastructure and demonstrating its social, economic and environmental benefits.
A workship will be held in November 2011 to agree membership, roles and next steps.