Fabian Society launches report on the environment and the devolution agenda

Green Places makes the case that in an evolving and fragmented devolution policy landscape, green infrastructure can be the 'green thread' that binds devolution deals together.

The report includes contributions from Judith Blake, Ruth Davis, Ed Wallis, Sarah Whitney and many others. Groundwork, Landscape Institute and Woodland Trust have lent their backing to the Fabian policy report.

Locality policy affairs manager Wallis said there is "potential for the local environment to be the ‘green thread’ of a new devolution settlement." He said: "Green infrastructure can connect ‘horizontally’ – by joining-up the various policy levers currently being handed down to combined authorities and metro-mayors. Devo deals will be most successful when they are part of a wider strategy for the region."

In the report, Kate Chappell – executive member for environment at Manchester City Council – explains how this is happening in Manchester through the integration of health and social care, a refresh of the city’s parks strategy, and through the city’s 10 year plan.

Metro Dynamics founding director Sarah Whitney said with new devolution deals and financial incentives to grow the local economy, investment in green infrastructure should be an important plank of a well-considered growth and reform strategy.

Mark Walton and Kate Swade, directors at Shared Assets, survey emerging models of parks management such as internal reorganisation, asset transfer, new management organisations and community partnerships.

The society issued a report in 2015 on the "looming crisis" for parks.



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