Building Prosperous Cities Resources


Building Prosperous Cities was about co-ordinated large-scale investment in the natural features (often labelled as green infastructure and natural capital). This page provides links to examples of resources that may provide some insight into securing co-ordinated investment in the natural features of a city. The links on this page are by no means exhaustive. Let us know what you have found helpful. See also our pages on green infrastructure and prosperity, economy and environment.

Resources referenced in conference presentations

Outdoor Receation Valuation (ORVal) tool (this is the subject of a webinar on 27th October 2016, contact to register.

Corporate Natural Capital Accounts

Manchester Green Infrastructure Strategy Technical Report

Rethinking Parks

How Green Infrastructure evidence is being translated into practice

In 2016 the Centre for Sustainable Planning and Environments at the University of the West of England was commissioned by the Natural Environment Research Council to conduct a review of how the evidence base for Green Infrastructure is being translated into practice. A review of grey literature identified the evidence related to the benefits of GI to biodiversity, ecosystem services and where these have been monetised.  In order to gain further insight into GI practices and their relationship with academic research there were two events bringing together the GI community of research, policy and practice. 

Evidence and vision at the city scale

Birmingham's Green Living Spaces Plan was published in 2013 and is based on the ideas of the UK National Ecosystem Assessment. The Plan introduces seven key principles for planning and managing the future of the city. These are matched by outcomes that reflect these principles, such as the creation of Natural Health Improvement Zones. At the heart of the plan is a "multi-challenge map" to show the extent to which the multiple functions of Birmingham's natural features are meeting their full potential. 

Foresight into the Future of Cities

The aim of the Foresight Future of Cities project was to provide policy makers with the evidence, tools and capabilities needed to support policy decisions in the short term to lead to positive outcomes for the UK’s cities in the long term. Its working papers examine a wide range of issues facing UK cities, from urban form and infrastructure to land, rent and housing.

Information for land and property professionals

RICS has provided its members (and others) with a Green Infrastructure in Urban Areas Information paper that describes the issues surrounding the delivery and promotion of green infrastructure in urban areas. It sets out the social, environmental and economic "impacts" of green infrastructure. The section on planning for green infrastructure contains some helpful examples of developments where green infrastructure investment has been different.

Seeing the "green" as infrastructure

A Green Infrastructure Task Force was established following the publication of the London Infrastructure Plan 2050. In 2015 it published Natural Capital: Investing in a Green Infrastructure for a Future City. Not only does it make the case for integrated management of London's natural features, it gives some specific recommendations for how to achieve this.  Examples are the appointment of a Green Infrastructure Commissioner and further refinement of the All London Green Grid.

An 'ecosystem' framework for cities

Cities Alive – Rethinking green infrastructure, a publication produced by Arup with support from the Landscape Institute and The Royal Botanic Garden's Kew. It shows how the creation of a linked ‘city ecosystem’ that encompasses parks and open spaces; urban trees, streets, squares; woodland and waterways can help create healthier, safer and more prosperous cities. 

Strategic partnership for project delivery

The Central Scotland Green Network, is a national development within the National Planning Framework that has set out to make "a significant contribution to Scotland's sustainable economic development". The area includes Scotland's largest urban areas and brings together 19 local authorities. It one of the Scottish Government’s 14 National Developments under the National Planning Framework 2.