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overcome with technology alone. New ecological solutions are required to deliver multiple services and benefits cost-effectively. ‘Nature Nearby: Accessible Natural Greenspace Guidance’ (Natural England, March 2010) This recent guidance is a key tool for those working on the planning and management of parks and greenspaces and their ‘natural’ development. It promotes a set of standards for high quality accessible natural Greenspace according to:  Quantity and Accessibility – the Access to Natural Greenspace Standards (ANGSt)  Visitor Service Standards –for the most visited National Nature Reserves (NNRs) and for Country Parks and Local Nature Reserves  Quality – the Green Flag Award Natural England wish to see the standards adopted in both open space and GI strategies to ensure everyone can benefit from regular contact and experience of the natural environment close to where they live. Regional Planning Policy & Guidance The South East Plan – The Regional Spatial Strategy for the South East of England (Government Office for the South East May 2009) The Regional Spatial Strategy (RSS) for the South East of England (known as the South East Plan) was intended to set out the longterm spatial planning framework for the region over a 20-year period to 2026. The Plan was to be a key tool helping achieving more sustainable development, protecting the environment and

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combatting climate change and its policies carried weight in decisions made on planning applications and appeals for development. It provided a spatial context within which LDFs and Local Transport Plans (LTPs) could be prepared, as well as other regional and subregional strategies and programmes that have a bearing on landuse activities. These include the regional economic and housing strategies as well as strategies and programmes that address air quality, biodiversity, climate change, education, energy, community safety, environment, health and sustainable development. Many of the Plan policies had links to GI provision, for example CC6 Sustainable communities and the character of the environment, CC2 Climate change and C5 Managing the urban rural fringe. The most relevant policy is Policy CC8: Green Infrastructure. It required local authorities and others to work together to plan, provide and manage connected and substantial networks of existing and new accessible multi-functional greenspace The spaces needed to deliver the widest range of linked environmental and social benefits, including conserving and enhancing biodiversity as well as landscape, recreation, water management, social and cultural benefits to underpin individual and community health and wellbeing. The Plan identified the following areas as forming part of the GI Network:  Parks and Gardens - including urban parks, country parks and formal gardens;  Natural and Semi-natural Urban Greenspaces - including woodlands, urban forestry, scrub;  Grasslands (e.g. downlands, commons and meadows) wetlands, open and running water;

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