Green Infrastructure or "GI" is a term which is being used more and more in the world of planning and strategic development. There are many definitions of GI but GI can be broadly defined as :

Biodiversity Network Artist ImpressionA network of multi-functional green spaces. GI is set within, and contributes to a high quality built and natural environment and is required to enhance the quality of life for present and future residents and visitors.

Well designed and integrated, GI can deliver a range of functions. These include biodiversity, flood risk management (including the use of sustainable urban drainage systems SUDS), health and wellbeing, recreation, water resources, water quality and helping to adapt to the effects of climate change.

Green Link Artist ImpressionThe Growth Point Partners have committed to the development of a framework for Green Infrastructure to ensure that there is an accessible network of green spaces, green travel routes, and to ensure that existing natural assets are incorporated into strategic plans.

This framework could take the form of a number of green projects, to include the planting of historical woodland, improving access across the countryside and at the same time improving the biodiversity for enjoyment and education.

The Exeter Area and East Devon Green Infrastructure study group have published a Green Infrastructure Study as part of phase one work. Viewpoint Artist Impression

Their Phase Two work has progressed this further to focus on the growth areas and work towards a strategy as part of the Local Development Framwork (LDF).

Green infrastructure in Exeter, specifically Riverside and Ludwell Valley Parks, have been identified as alternative natural greenspace for increasing development of homes. Find out more about the masterplan for these parks.

As well as the Growth Point local authority partners, the GI study group is made up of representative members from Natural England, the Environment Agency and our neighbours at Teignbridge District Council.


Client: Exeter and East Devon Growth Point Partnership, Teignbridge District Council and Natural England
Consultant: Neil Homer, Director, LDA Design