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Barriers to SuDS/GI delivery & enabling factors


Experience in a number of towns and cities has shown that community-led partnerships that bring people together with environmental professionals and other interest groups, can generate projects and deliver real benefits for the people living and working there.

However, experience also shows us that, without the support of local planning authorities, government agencies, developers, policy-makers and, perhaps most importantly, the actual beneficiaries in the ‘receiving’ communities, it can be very difficult to secure the funding and permission required to proceed with the practical delivery of environmental measures in either rural or urban landscapes. There are a lot of potetnial barriers to deliver of action and several enabling factors that need to be put in place.

Ultimately, to see their interventions delivered, they will have to persuade a number of key audiences (including the local planning authority, policy-makers, funders and stakeholders in the community) that their proposed interventions will be delivered in a cost-effective manner and will generate the primary and secondary outcomes for all of the stakeholders predicted or required to benefit.

On the 22nd October 2015, around 85 environmental practitioners, catchment partnership hosts, strategic planners and academics attended the ‘Delivering Environmental Benefits for Urban Communities’ Conference & Workshop at the Priory Rooms in Birmingham.

In the afternoon session there was a facilitated carousel workshop designed to develop people’s understanding of the current ways of working (good practice), to get people thinking about these issues in a more structured way and to refine our approach to creating resources that empower and facilitate the work of catchment partnerships in urban areas.

The topics under discussion were: 1) strategic targeting and design of interventions; 2) the urban practitioners toolbox; 3) partnership working, stakeholder engagement and communications; 4) community mobilisation and sources of funding; 5) assessment and communication of benefits, and 6) barriers to delivery and knowledge gaps.

The notes from the ‘Barriers to SuDS/GI delivery & evidence gaps’ workshop are summarised below and have been visualised using a word-cloud.


Related resources –

Read Planning Advice for Integrated Water Management on the CIWEM website – CLICK HERE