How can Greenkeeper help Local Authorities?

If you are a Local Authority or wider government body, there are numerous challenges you are facing, on a daily basis, that Greenkeeper can help inform. The tool has relevance across a range of departments from health teams to planning officers and park management teams.

Below we set out some key questions you may be facing which Greenkeeper can assist you with, through the provision of insight into how the space is being used, by whom and its inherent value. We believe this data can significantly aid the dialogue you have with your colleagues and applicants, as well as bids you make to funding bodies.

What is the current economic, social and environmental value of this greenspace?

Greenkeeper provides a complete baseline assessment of all greenspaces within urban areas. As such you can undertake a single greenspace or complete portfolio review of your greenspace assets through the tool. The value each provides is broken down into physical health, wellbeing, local value and carbon sequestration to understand how it is performing socially, economically and environmentally. When combined with your understanding of operating costs, etc it can provide a comprehensive view of the contribution greenspace is making.

What are the strengths and weaknesses of our green infrastructure portfolio?

Greenkeeper can be used to analyse each of your current greenspaces, in terms of social, environmental and economic value. From this analysis and using the inbuilt comparison tools you can then understand specific strengths and weaknesses across your portfolio, when compared with other similarly sized spaces nearby or using the national average data for similarly sized greenspaces across England, Scotland and Wales.

How do we better understand reasons behind under-utilisation?

The variety of measures and comparison facility within Greenkeeper, enables you to review results and compare similarly sized spaces locally or against national averages, to better understand strengths and weaknesses of a space. Detailed local mapping also highlights key issues such as accessibility and community utilisation via mapping of likely visitor origin. In addition, our highly skilled professional team who developed the tool, are available to provide supporting consultancy advice, to aid your analysis and interpretation of results.

How can we inform the focus of maintenance spending?

With the knowledge Greenkeeper provides in hand, you will be able to assess what sort of improvements or maintenance may be required and therefore the associated spending. You can then use the data Greenkeeper generates to support any investment requests. Equally, using the offline services the Greenkeeper team has on offer, you can demonstrate the additional value change will deliver.

How can we amend existing green infrastructure to maximise benefits for our local community?

Greenkeeper helps inform your thinking on strengths and weaknesses within existing greenspaces and can also highlight specific areas of the local community currently not utilising the space, to inform subsequent engagement. Measuring the value derived from any changes proposed within existing or via new greenspaces can also be undertaken using the Greenkeeper teams’ offline consultancy services.

How can we support green infrastructure funding bids and prove the return on investment possible?

Greenkeeper data can significantly inform discussions and contributions you seek from developers for investment/change. Utilising the offline consultancy service, you could also demonstrate the value generated through proposed investment, including new green space provision, and the potential return on investment opportunity for the local authority and community.

How can we ensure new developments or changes proposed offer the best value for our local communities?

Using the Greenkeeper data on a greenspace or portfolio, you can open up far more informed discussions with the local community around how the space is used and target community groups or areas which are specifically absent as visitors, to understand why and inform future change.


How can Greenkeeper help Developers, Landowner and Investors

If you are a developer, investor or landowner seeking to change the existing built environment, Greenkeeper can help you in fully understanding the green infrastructure context for your development. It can provide a baseline review of all surrounding greenspaces as well as those within your red line boundary, so you can fully understand their successes and deficiencies. You can then use this information to inform your development’s response from a social and environmental value perspective.

The Greenkeeper team can also provide an offline consultancy service which can be used to test and formulate responses to this context, from onsite provision, to offsite enhancement or investment, and therefore demonstrate the clear value your proposals will bring to the new and existing communities. Greenkeeper can, for example, provide insights to inform the following questions:

What type of urban green infrastructure is most needed by the existing and future community?

Working independently or alongside the Local Authority, Greenkeeper can provide you with a baseline analysis of the greenspaces surrounding and/or within your development, to more fully understand how they are or are not performing from a social, economic and environmental perspective. With the Greenkeeper evidence base in hand, you can open up far more informed discussions with the local community around how the space is used and what might be needed within your development proposals to enhance this through on site provision or offsite contributions.

How can we best support our urban green infrastructure proposals through the planning process?

Greenkeeper provides you with a robust evidence base with which to articulate the physical health and wellbeing benefits existing greenspace offers and justify your response to this situation through your application. An evidence base the Greenkeeper team are well-prepared to support scrutiny of, at the highest level. The Greenkeeper team’s offline consultancy services can also be utilised to articulate the additional value enhancement to existing or additional greenspace provision can deliver, not only for any new occupiers your development brings, but also the wider local community.

How much green infrastructure should my development provide?

Greenkeeper can provide you with a baseline assessment which identifies strengths or weaknesses in surrounding greenspace utilisation and performance. This information can then inform your response in terms of investment or provision on or offsite and provide evidence to support these decisions in terms of quantum and location. Greenkeeper takes numerous features into account when providing a value, which moves the debate far beyond simply quantum, to quality and diversity of provision, from   pocket parks to major regional city parks. The Greenkeeper team’s offline consultancy services can also further support your proposals, by assessing them in terms of the value uplift.

Should our development look to accommodate green infrastructure within it or support off-site provision?

Greenkeeper provides baseline data for any greenspace provision in or around your proposed development. This data can then inform your response in terms of what is specifically needed by the new and existing community, in terms of scale, facilities and location. The Greenkeeper teams’ offline consultancy service can also be utilised to test and inform options proposed and demonstrate the value they will add for the new and existing community.

How do we understand the economic, social and environmental value of our current green infrastructure portfolio – across our estate/land holdings?

Greenkeeper can be used to provide a baseline assessment of any greenspace you hold, in terms of its economic, social and environmental value. As such you can assess the contribution made by each of the greenspace and draw these together to present a complete picture and value. The values are indicative of the magnitude of benefits greenspaces provide to visitors and local communities, however they should not be interpreted as income generated by greenspaces.


How can Greenkeeper help Consultants

Alongside Landscape Design consultants, many individuals within the development industry influence the type, scale and location of greenspace provision. Greenkeeper provides you with data that can inform and evidence your thinking. It can support a case for enhancement, additionality and even re-provision or consolidation. Some key questions Greenkeeper will help you answer include:

In what way/to what degree is local greenspace currently being used?

Greenkeeper provides you with reliable, robust annual visitor estimates for all greenspaces located within urban areas – defined as settlements containing a minimum population (resident or working) of 75,000. It also then has the facility to compare this number with other local greenspaces or against a national average for greenspaces in the same size category.

What sort of green infrastructure is needed local to my project?

When developing a project proposal, understanding the context in which it lies is critical to securing a solution which maximises return on investment both for your client and the existing communities and potential new occupants. Greenkeeper provides robust insight into the performance of existing greenspaces to inform this context and your response to it, from a social economic and environmental perspective. The Greenkeeper offline consultancy services can then also be utilised to test and inform your resultant proposals, and demonstrate the comprehensive value your greenspace proposals or contributions could have to the existing community and new occupants.

How will the growth in population resulting from my development impact surrounding greenspaces?

It is worth reviewing our response to the question above in terms of this. In addition, the Greenkeeper teams’ offline consultancy service can be commissioned to model changes in population and specific demographics within specific areas (mapped via Local Super Output Areas) and model the impact this change will have on greenspace usage. This service can also be used to test proposals in terms of value impact of improvements to existing or the addition of new greenspace provision.

What sort of green infrastructure should this development look to accommodate within it?

Greenkeeper’s baseline assessment of existing greenspace in the vicinity of your development will quickly aid your understanding of existing provision’s strengths and weaknesses, aiding your understanding of who is utilising the existing spaces and to what extent. This can inform your development proposals either in terms of the greenspace you specify within your development or focused contributions you offer to mitigate the impact of your proposals. In addition, the Greenkeeper Teams’ offline consultancy service can be used to test your design proposals or changes to existing greenspace proposed, to demonstrate the value uplift these can deliver.

How could offsite contributions be made to deliver green infrastructure enhancement for the existing and new community?

Greenkeeper’s baseline assessment of existing greenspace in the vicinity of your development will quickly aid your understanding of existing provision’s strengths and weaknesses, aiding your understanding of who is utilising the existing spaces and to what extent. Greenkeeper also enables you to compare a greenspace with others of a similar size in the area or nationally, and therefore identify specific areas for improvement. It can therefore offer clear pointers as to where investment into changes may have a significant impact and therefore how focused contributions you offer to mitigate the impact of your proposals, might be best utilised, to maximise return on investment. The Greenkeeper Teams’ offline consultancy services can then also be utilised to test these proposals and quantify the value they will create to further support your proposals.

How can Greenkeeper help support our green infrastructure proposals at consultation/in the application/at committee?

Greenkeeper can quickly produce baseline values and simple reports on any given urban greenspace, which are robust and simple to understand. As such the data within these reports can aid conversations with local communities and inform engagement while proposals are being developed. They can also offer significant support to applications lodged, to demonstrate the social, environmental and economic performance of existing spaces. The Greenkeeper offline consultancy services can also be utilised to demonstrate the value of enhancements to existing or new greenspace provision, and how this fits within the wider context to support both the existing and new occupants arriving as a result of development. As such, it can offer compelling evidence to support engagement, applications and proposals at committee.

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