Open space strategies boosted by Planning for Parks training programme

Green space experts have teamed up to deliver a series of courses across England to help parks, landscape and planning officers develop open space strategy projects.

The Planning for Parks training programme has been developed by consultancy the Next Field with JPC Strategic Planning & Leisure and the Institute of Parks & Green Spaces.

Five one-day courses between October and next February will explore issues such as the benefits of open space strategies, changes in planning policy, funding streams and quantitative analysis.

The Next Field director and former prks chief Peter Wilkinson said he hoped the courses would fill a vacuum of leadership in advocating strategic green space planning and management that had previously been provided by CABE Space.

JPC director Jim Phillips said with planning policy moving towards a presumption in favour of sustainable development, having a sound open and green space strategy in the future was even more vital and was the best way to attract new funding. For further details, see www.biggreencampus.co.uk.


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