Financing the future of green infrastructure planning: Alternatives and opportunities in the UK

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Abstract

With the formation of the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government in 2010, the funding of local government in the UK changed fundamentally. Through a development of an austerity approach to development, local planning authorities (LPAs) have been required to make significant budgetary savings, raising questions over what services are legally and morally dispensable. One service severely impacted has been green space (green infrastructure) management. In many locations, this has generated negative responses, as the proposed cuts are perceived as decreasing the liveability of urban areas. In response, LPAs are engaging in an examination of how they can manage development to more effectively fund green infrastructure provision. Such debates draw on a range of options from public, private and community funding sources, creating further complexity within LPA financing. To explore these options, this paper discusses the appropriateness of different funding mechanisms proposing a multi-option approach for the long-term management of green infrastructure.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)751-768
JournalLandscape Research
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 8 Nov 2017

Keywords

  • local government
  • financing
  • environmental planning
  • green infrastructure
  • development

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