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Newcastle City Council - 14 Feb 2014 - Local perspectives on bluegreencities

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Published on February 17, 2014

Author: kitengland

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Presentation given to the first local stakeholders meeting of the EPSRC BlueGreenCities project on some local perspectives of BlueGreenCities, including drivers, current state of play, challenges, and hopes for what the project might achieve.
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Local perspectives on blue-green cities Kit England Newcastle City Council

What I’ll cover  Overview of the City’s aspirations on Green and Blue Infrastructure  Benefits of a blue-green approach  Drivers  Current position  Challenges to delivery  Some of the questions we hope that the project will help us to answer

Our aspirations  Want Newcastle to be a resilient, sustainable, and attractive city where Green Infrastructure is commonplace  Generally well accepted amongst policy makers that Green Infrastructure is a way forward for many local authority agendas  Benefits for many areas including Public Health, climate change mitigation and adaptation, Flood Management, Air Quality, Economic Development, Ecology and Biodiversity

Drivers Council’s four priorities National Planning Policy Framework Flood and Water Management Act 2010 Climate Change Act 2008 Cities Commitment in National Adaptation Programme  Recognition of multiple policy benefits     

Current position  Good amount of green space in the city already  Outline GI strategy developed for the City – highlighted key areas for improvement  Local Plan containing policies on flood risk, green infrastructure and climate change  NCC a lead local flood authority – duties to reduce risk from surface water flooding, and to set up SUDS Approval Body  Water cycle study/Surface Water Management Plan highlighted need to manage surface water differently to accommodate growth due to sewerage capacity

Current position  Good amount of green space in the city already  Outline GI strategy developed for the City – highlighted key areas for improvement  Local Plan containing policies on flood risk, green infrastructure and climate change  NCC a lead local flood authority – duties to reduce risk from surface water flooding, and to set up SUDS Approval Body  Water cycle study/Surface Water Management Plan highlighted need to manage surface water differently to accommodate growth due to sewerage capacity

Opportunity areas

Current position  Good amount of green space in the city already  Outline GI strategy developed for the City – highlighted key areas for improvement  Local Plan containing policies on flood risk, green infrastructure and climate change  NCC a lead local flood authority – duties to reduce risk from surface water flooding, and to set up SUDS Approval Body  Water cycle study/Surface Water Management Plan highlighted need to manage surface water differently to accommodate growth due to sewerage capacity

Challenges  Reducing funding to the public sector (not just Local Government)  Difficult to make the business case as hard to quantify some benefits  Some hesitance/doubt about the effectiveness of such measures vs. hard engineering, maintenance costs etc.

What we hope the project will help us understand        The effectiveness of Blue/Green Infrastructure in addressing flood risk, now and in the future How long term pressures such as population growth, demographic change and climate change will change flood risk Some of the ecosystems services provided by GI in the city and the potential for extending these The extent to which actions of individuals can make a difference in flood management The potential range of finance models for funding such an approach based on monetising the benefits – e.g. health contributions, private sector What institutional capacities/arrangements are needed to make such approaches succeed A better understanding of skills/supply chains requirements

Kit England Policy and Information Officer Newcastle City Council T: 0191 211 5098 E: kit.england@newcastle.gov.uk

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