The adaptation of Victorian suburbs to accommodate green infrastructure: a case study of Southsea, Portsmouth

Dodwell, Richard (2011) The adaptation of Victorian suburbs to accommodate green infrastructure: a case study of Southsea, Portsmouth. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    The green infrastructure provision in an area has a significant impact on the community for a number of reasons. Green infrastructure is deemed to be a vital consideration according to modern progressive planning policy. The Victorian terraced housing of Portsmouth was built before such issues yet they represent an urban plan that is typical of the majority of towns and cities in the UK. So how could this urban layout from over a century ago be retrofitted to modern progressive green infrastructure standards? By studying a typical area of Victorian housing in Southsea (Portsmouth), the findings and recommendations would be relevant to most of the urban UK.

    The aim of the study was first to determine the requirements of today in terms of the provision of green infrastructure. A review of literature revealed the concepts behind green infrastructure and why it is so important to planners of today. The requirements laid out in UK national and local governmental policies and guidelines (criteria for new sustainable development) were also looked into. A survey (questionnaire) was conducted on the community of the study area and it was found that residents viewed green infrastructure as important in the area, particularly parks and gardens.

    These results of these two studies proved the importance of green infrastructure both as a concept and in practice, and the information gathered from these sources was then used as the basis for creating a new green infrastructure plan for the study area.

    The plan was then presented to the local authority and interviews with members of key departments revealed an agreement that the plan was valid in theory, however a number of inherent challenges to actual implementation in practice were outlined, most notably due to budgetary constraints.

    The conclusion of the research project reviewed the importance of green infrastructure networks in existing Victorian development, as well as providing some guideline recommendations as to the feasibility of implementation and how obstacles might be addressed. Ideas for future research focus on the detail of the mechanics of actual implementation and the related challenges.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Technology > School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 02 Feb 2012 15:00
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:53
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/6096

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