In March this year, CLG announced the consultation on its most recent PPS – Planning for a Healthy and Natural Environment and the LI will be responding.

The Government is beginning to value green infrastructure

This PPS draws together some existing PPSs and, for the first time, also includes aspects relating to the strategic provision of GI.

Following the publication of Green infrastructure: connected and multifunctional landscapes in May 2009, the LI has been working with a range of organisations, including the Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG), Natural England, WRAP and CABE Space to communicate the importance of GI to as wide an audience as possible.

The position statement sought to clarify what green infrastructure (GI) is and explain its important role in delivering a wide range of functions. It also made a series of recommendations aimed at policy makers, one of which argued for a national Planning Policy Statement (PPS) in GI to ensure that it becomes a central and formative element of spatial planning.

The LI Policy Committee will be responding to the consultation on Planning for a Healthy and Natural Environment, but it needs your views too in order to help shape the LI’s response to Government on this important subject – more details can be found here.

Any views should be sent to , Policy and Public Affairs Officer.