LI seminar to take place in Northern Ireland next month to discuss green infrastructure and why it is so crucial

Seminar on green infrastructure in Belfast

The popular series of LI seminars on green infrastructure is coming to Northern Ireland next month.

The free seminar, organised by LI and WRAP (Waste and Resources Action Programme), takes place at 2.30pm on March 24 at the University of Ulster in Belfast.

Speakers will include the LI Policy Committee member Peter Wilder on how green infrastructure can be applied to the design of new towns, with particular reference to housing and sustainable suburbia, and Kevin Halpenny, from Fingal County Council, on how green infrastructure is central to planning policies in the Dublin area.

After the seminar attendees are invited to an informal workshop held while gathered around a map of Belfast to discuss the relevance of green infrastructure to the city.

To book and for more information visit Eventbrite.

At the Belfast event members will have the opportunity to discuss relevant and important issues, amid major changes to the planning system and government budget cuts.

Emily Smyth, a member of the LI Northern Ireland branch committee and LI Policy committee, said that it is important to maintain awareness of the importance of landscape architecture.

The government plans to devolve responsibility for planning from a central authority, Planning Service, to local councils.

Smyth said: “We want to try to ensure that there will be landscape architects in each of the planning authorities. There’s been quite a lot of concern because with all the budget cuts that the government is making, the staff in planning have been cut considerably. We’re trying to keep people aware that landscape architecture is absolutely key because it brings all the issues of sustainability into the public realm where people live and play.”

The LI Northern Ireland branch is pleased to report that a review of the landscape character assessment for Northern Ireland has now begun. It will be carried out by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency with the support of the branch and comes after a long campaign by members. It is hoped this review will inform planning authorities in relation to green infrastructure policies.

The original assessment in 2000 found 130 different areas in Northern Ireland alone – considerably more than in Scotland and a similar number to England but in a much smaller geographical area.

The free seminar, organised by LI and WRAP (Waste and Resources Action Programme), takes place at 2.30pm on March 24 at the University of Ulster in Belfast.

Speakers will include the LI’s director of Policy and Communications Paul Lincoln discussing the institute’s work on sustainable landscape, climate change and green infrastructure; and Kevin Halpenny from Fingal County Council on how green infrastructure is central to planning policies in the Dublin area.

After the seminar attendees are invited to an informal workshop held while gathered around a map of Belfast to discuss the relevance of green infrastructure to the city.

To book and for more information visit the event website.

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