Policy

Our policy focus

Our policy focus

We want to protect, conserve and enhance the natural and built environment, so influencing current thinking on issues affecting landscape is vital. We want governments to consider how landscape can deliver benefits for society, the economy and the environment. We do this in different ways, including responding to policy consultations and developing relationships with relevant [...]
Working with others

Working with others

As the voice of landscape professionals, we work to influence policymakers and build positive relationships with relevant stakeholders in order to: promote and strengthen key messages and policy themes gain greater influence in shaping decisions that affect the natural and built environment encourage greater mutual understanding and appreciation of the core purposes of other relevant [...]
Policy consultations

Policy consultations

We regularly prepare submissions to government departments and agencies on national public consultations on a wide range of issues on the natural and built environment, including planning, biodiversity, and sustainability. Our members play an important part in all consultation responses, and our Policy Committee members normally draft the LI's responses. Browse or responses by year. [...]
Green infrastructure (GI)

Green infrastructure (GI)

We want to ensure that GI is fully recognised for its potential to respond to a range of current and future challenges. GI is multifunctional; it can help to mitigate and adapt to climate change, improve health and wellbeing, decrease soil erosion, manage water resources flooding and sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) and enhance biodiversity. The [...]
Green Belt

Green Belt

LI Briefing Paper on Green Belt - for consultation The Landscape Institute is calling for a strategic review of planning policy to redefine the purposes of Green Belt, to include a multi-functional role as part of a UK-wide green infrastructure framework, and for delivery mechanisms to be developed to put these changes into action. The [...]
Public health

Public health

We believe those involved in creating healthy places should champion the role landscape plays in improving health outcomes. We want public health professionals, planners and landscape architects to promote and act upon the idea that high quality landscape increase wellbeing. What do we mean by health and healthy landscapes? ‘Health’ describes a state of complete [...]
Housing

Housing

Integrating landscape into a housing development increases its capital value and the living standards of residents, says a 2013 survey by property agent Savills. Increasingly, developers understand that landscape planning ensures the best use of land, including identifying the most sustainable sites for development. Hiring landscape professionals for developments and adopting a landscape-led approach to [...]
Investing in landscape

Investing in landscape

Investing in landscape makes sound business sense. The work of our members shows that landscape leads to significant economic benefits for businesses and communities. For instance, the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is ongoing proof of the many benefits that result from good landscape design, planning and management. And there are many other examples, as featured [...]
Water and flooding

Water and flooding

Devastating floods over the last 10 years have exposed the UK’s lack of resilience to increasing water levels – and climate change means more frequent severe rainstorms will happen. Governments must take an appropriate and technically sound long-term approach to flooding because our existing infrastructure cannot cope. The UK’s water supply chain needs to become [...]