Open spaces for previously developed land (C694)

CIRIA would like to thank all those involved in the publishing of this website, as well as the publication Open space opportunities for previously develped land (C694) from which the majority of the information is derived.

The book is now available for sale, providing further reference and information about open space.

Authors of Open space opportunities for previously developed land (C694)

Jane Healey Brown, BA (Hons), MRTPI
Jane is an associate director with Arup and leads the Planning and Economic Team in Manchester. Her experience extends from development of planning policy to open space strategy and masterplanning and regeneration, and she led the development of the Biddulph AAP, the first to be adopted in England.

Ruth Jackson, BA (Hons), MRTPI
Ruth Jackson is a chartered town planner with over 10 years’ experience working in Ireland, Scotland and England. Her experience covers a wide breadth of planning related projects from open space and green infrastructure strategy and policy development, climate change adaptation and infrastructure and energy development and masterplanning. Ruth’s experience incorporates project delivery dealing with planning applications and consents bringing a strong commercial perspective to both her research and development projects.

Katie Wray, BA (Hons), MPlan
Katie Wray is a planner with three years’ experience in a range of projects, notably development management, open space, and renewable and low carbon energy development. She also specialises in development management and the historic environment. Katie has provided research assistance on many projects and in this instance particularly focused on economic and social issues as well as project delivery. Katie is currently studying for an MSc in architectural conservation.

Project funders

This publication was funded by Defra, Glasgow City Council, Scottish Natural Heritage, Forestry Commission, Homes and Communities Agency, SEPA, Environment Agency, CABE and Land Restoration Trust.

CIRIA and Ove Arup are grateful for the help given to this project by the funders, members of the steering group, and from the many individuals and organisations that were consulted and provided information.

Project steering group

  • Henry E Lang (chair), Waterman Group
  • Adam Ingleby, Environment Agency
  • Catriona Morrison, Scottish Natural Heritage
  • Chris Edwards, CABE
  • Richard Boyle, Homes and Communities Agency
  • Euan Hall, Land Restoration Trust
  • Gareth Price, Forestry Commission
  • Gillian Dick, Glasgow City Council
  • Helen Pontier, Defra
  • Matt Gardner, Capita Symonds
  • Matt Shardlow, Buglife
  • Peter Cush, Department of Environment, Northern Ireland
  • Peter Frost, Countryside Council for Wales
  • Peter Massini, Greater London Authority
  • Scot Mathieson, Scottish Environment Protection Agency
  • Samantha Deacon, Environ
  • Garath Price, Forestry Commission
  • Dominic Driver, Forestry Commission
  • Peter Witherington, RSK.


Acknowledgement is made to the following organisations that contributed to the development of this guide including attendance at workshops and advice throughout the development stage:

  • Butterfly Conservation Trust
  • East Belfast Partnership
  • Glasgow City Council
  • Forestry Commission
  • Lancashire County Development Ltd
  • Teesside University
  • Marsh Road Residents Association
  • The Helix Trust
  • Central Scotland Forest Trust
  • Landlife
  • Muse Developments Limited
  • Taylor Wimpey UK Limited.