CBA was appointed to develop planning guidance to illustrate how embedding GI into new
development can deliver quality of life benefits for communities, and enhance the natural and historic
environment. It helps guide the Council and applicants through initial pre-application discussions, the application process and the consideration of reserved matters and planning conditions relating to GI.
CBA researched, drafted and designed the SPG and facilitated stakeholder consultation workshops.
The Client Steering Group prepared the brief, and a wide range of stakeholders contributed to the
The SPG demonstrates a joined up and multi-disciplinary approach to GI planning. Planners,
landscape architects, ecologists, countryside managers and highways officers from across
Monmouthshire were actively involved in producing the guidance, which was tested in a workshop
against an active development site case study. As a first for the country, the SPG also stimulated the
development of a dedicated ‘GI Bond’ for securing funding of GI through the development control
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Chris Blandford Associates
Monmouthshire County Council
Strategic landscape planning
Shortlisted for an LI Award 2015
The brief was to develop Green Infrastructure Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG) to providefurther details of policies and proposals within the Monmouthshire Local Development Plan.Delivering growth in Monmouthshire presents particular challenges, and embedding high quality,multifunctional Green Infrastructure into development through the planning process to help createsustainable places is critical. The SPG is intended to provide practical guidance for developers andtheir consultants, statutory decision makers and consultees, and the general public/local communitygroups.
Chris Blandford Associates: Dominic Watkins - Project Director; Chloe Cova - Project Manager; Bill Wadsworth; Harriet Stanford; Justine Dowsing Monmouthshire County Council Project Steering Group; Martin Davies - Development Plans Manager; Rachel Jones - Principal Development Plans Officer; Colette Bosley - Principal Landscape and Countryside Officer; Sarah Bessel - Senior Development Plans Officer Project Stakeholder Group, Monmouthshire County Council; Landscape and Trees; Biodiversity and Ecology; Countryside Access, Recreation and Management; Development Control• Development Plans; Traffic and Transport: Brecon Beacons National Park Authority, Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Unit
Monmouthshire County Council
The adopted SPG is the first of its kind in Wales,and has broken new ground to fill an identified gap in guidance for developers and planners.There is considerable interest in the new SPG from stakeholders, including the Welsh Government and Natural Resources Wales. Crucially, it is having a tangible positive influence on Monmouthshire’s landscapes and GI assets by encouraging higher quality planning applications.