Establishing the costs of poor green space management: mistrust, financing and future development options in the UK

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Abstract

The ongoing austerity programme of the current UK government is placing stresses on Local Planning Authorities (LPAs), as they attempt to deliver statutory and discretionary services. As a discretionary service, green space provision has been identified as a service that can be cut to balance the accounts of many LPAs. The following article assesses local government, business and residential communities, and environmental stakeholder responses to green infrastructure funding. It comments upon the politicisation of landscape management, and illustrates the mechanisms available to advocates to adopt alternative approaches to financing. Reflecting on a series of case studies from England the article examines innovative practice, as well as identifying where conflicts remain. The article concludes that rethinking existing funding mechanisms is essential to establish a viable economic model for funding green spaces in the future.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)137-157
Number of pages21
JournalPeople Place and Policy
Volume12
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 14 Dec 2018

Keywords

  • Green space
  • Local government
  • Public perception
  • Development options
  • Financing

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