Green Infrastructure SPD

About the Green Infrastructure SPD

South Gloucestershire has a rich and varied natural and built environment. However, our wildlife habitats are under considerable pressure.  Long term processes of climate change are causing significant impacts. This includes loss of many of our natural habitats like key woodland, wetland and grassland habitats and the links to and from our communities. This is what we term our green infrastructure.

We also know Coronavirus has had an extraordinary impact on all our lives, but one of the positive things to come out of this is a clear demand to have access to green space around us – places to walk, exercise and just ‘be’. It has also shown how everyday connections with nature and seeing nature has made us feel happy and improved our well-being during these difficult times.

That’s why we have prepared and are consulting on the SPD to campion the significance of Green Infrastructure (GI) as critical to create bigger, better, and more joined-up functioning green spaces to ensure an integrated and collaborative approach to the planning for GI in new developments across South Gloucestershire to achieve sustainable communities and quality of life for all by:

  • Collating in one place our explanation of and commitment to GI
  • Set out a checklist that we expect developers to follow to ensure GI is incorporated effectively and well into new development
  • Showcase a number of case studies for what ‘good’ looks like for GI delivery at a range of scales and locations


We also want this SPD to be the ‘bridge’ to the next chapter of our GI corridor thinking that will be delivered through the new Local Plan and commitment to achieve the space that nature needs and we need for nature to be a key part of all our lives

How to find out more and have your say

The draft SPD is open for public consultation from Friday 2nd October 2020 until Monday 4th January 2021.

  • View or download a copy of the draft SPD here 
  • To read the Green Infrastructure Strategic Environmental Assessment Report please click here
  • Provide us with your feedback  here 
  • Email:
  • Write to: South Gloucestershire Council Corporate Consultation Team,  Council Offices,  Badminton Road,  Yate, BRISTOL,  BS37 5AF

This consultation has now closed and we are analysing the results, which will be published here in due course.


  • Opened
    2 Oct 2020 at 17:00
  • Closed
    4 Jan 2021 at 23:59


Consultation Topic
  • Planning policy & strategy
Geographical area
  • Bitton and Oldland Common
  • Boyd Valley
  • Bradley Stoke North
  • Bradley Stoke South
  • Charfield
  • Charlton and Cribbs
  • Chipping Sodbury and Cotswold Edge
  • Dodington
  • Emersons Green
  • Filton
  • Frampton Cotterell
  • Frenchay and Downend
  • Hanham
  • Kingswood
  • Longwell Green
  • New Cheltenham
  • Parkwall and Warmley
  • Stoke Park and Cheswick
  • Patchway Coniston
  • Pilning and Severn Beach
  • Thornbury
  • Severn Vale
  • Staple Hill and Mangotsfield
  • Stoke Gifford
  • Winterbourne
  • Woodstock
  • Yate Central
  • Yate North
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Target Audience
  • All residents