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Planning on the Doorstep: The Big Issues – Green Belt

Green Belt continues to be a huge issue for councils and communities across the country; an issue that councillors face regularly on the doorsteps of their electorate. This advice note looks at the reality of plan-making and the Green Belt, how planning process works with Green Belt issues and the potential inclusion in development plans.
Local Government Association and Planning Advisory Service, 2015.
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European Commission green infrastructure web portal

Incorporates the key EU adopted Commiunication on GI (May 2013), many useful links such as BISE (Biodiversity Information System for Europe) and MAES (Mapping and Assessment of Ecosystems and their Services), and some important messages. The EU has committed substantial funds to support GI initiatives and wishes to see these embedded in programmes including water, agriculture, forestry, regional cohesion and spatial planning.
European Commission, 2014.
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Trees in Hard Landscapes: A Guide for Delivery

This new guide explores the practical challenges and solutions to integrating trees in 21st century streets, civic spaces and surface car parks, detailing process, design and technical options. It will be of particular interest to highway engineers, public realm professionals and tree specialists.
Trees & Design Action Group, 2014.
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Felling Licences

To help protect Britain’s forests, a felling licence from the Forestry Commission is required to fell trees. It is an offence to fell trees without a licence if an exemption does not apply. The overall process is described in a Quick Guide and full details are available.
Forestry Commission, 2014.
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