Logo RICS NCPT Planning for Sustainable Land-Use: The Natural Capital Planning Tool (NCPT) Project
Funder: RICS Research Trust
Publication Date: January 2016
Authors: Oliver Hölzinger (CEEP), Pat Laughlin (UK BCSD) & Nick Grayson (Birmingham City Council)

 

Summary:

This research aimed to develop a Natural Capital Planning Tool (NCPT) allowing planners and developers to assess the impact of proposed developments and plans on the provision of ecosystem services.

The purpose was to devise a reliable, and industry acceptable, assessment methodology based on ecosystem services to better assess and manage the long-term impacts of proposed major developments and plans on natural capital and ecosystem services.

The aim was to develop a fit-for-purpose tool which allows the indicative, but systematic assessment, of ecosystem services in a planning context. The assessment would determine the maximum potential outcomes for natural capital from the masterplan stage through to a 25 year post-development period, and with the expressed intention of returning a net positive for natural capital over this timeline, so enhancing human well-being and biodiversity value alike.

The project report

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Planning for Sustainable Land-Use: The Natural Capital Planning Tool (NCPT) Project Report (external pdf, 15.5mb, free download but registration required)