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Countryside In and Around Towns - The Green Infrastructure of Yorkshire and the Humber

This was part of an ongoing research agenda led by Steve Littlewood and Kevin Thomas looking at the nature of urban/rural relations and the policy and planning context for managing open space sustainably. The study was conducted by Steve Littlewood, Kevin Thomas and Neil Evans with the Department of Geography at Leeds University. 

'Green Infrastructure' is a relatively new concept to enable decision makers to re-think, re-plan and re-value green assets in a spatial context. It implies a more dynamic, reflexive and questioning approach than formerly, and is predicated upon the view that there is a spatial infrastructure which is just as crucial to effective delivery of basic services and standards as any other social or built infrastructure.

The findings should prove useful for policymakers at all levels in the region. In particular, case studies of the South Pennines and Lower Aire Valley provided a platform for future development of strategies and projects by local authorities as well as more specialised agencies and individuals, and they help to demonstrate that there are exciting possibilities to be found in delivering green infrastructure in the countryside in and around towns.

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