Guidance for developers on green and blue infrastructure

Green and blue infrastructure covers a range of natural features such as areas of public open space, country parks, playing fields and allotments.

It also includes woodlands, trees, hedgerows, green roofs and walls as well as rivers, lakes, canals and ponds.

Private domestic gardens also provide an important element of the country’s green and blue infrastructure network by contributing to its connectivity for wildlife particularly in urban areas. Runnymede is home to a number of important green and blue infrastructure re features.  

Green and Blue Infrastructure plays an important role in helping nature recovery, responding to climate change, promoting health and well-being as well as reinforcing the local character of areas and places.

The Runnymede Green and Blue Infrastructure Supplementary Planning Document has been produced to set out guidance for developers on how they can ensure green and blue infrastructure is considered, designed and delivered through their developments including maintaining and enhancing existing features on site.

The document includes a separate section for householders with advice and signposts to good practice on how small-scale developments can make a difference as well as a number of design principles for larger schemes to follow. The SPD supports the implementation of the Runnymede 2030 Local Plan and is now a material consideration in the determination of planning applications.

The adopted document and supporting material will be available for inspection on the Council’s website and at

  • Runnymede Civic Centre, Station Road, Addlestone
  • Addlestone Library (if required outside of Civic Office hours), Runnymede Civic Centre, Station Road, Addlestone, KT15 2AF
  • Chertsey Library, Guildford Street, Chertsey, Surrey, KT16 3BE
  • Egham Library, High Street, Egham, Surrey, TW20 9EA
  • New Haw Community Library, The Broadway, New Haw, Surrey KT15 3HA
  • Virginia Water Community Library, 6 Station Parade, Virginia Water GU25 4AB

As Covid-19 restrictions may still be in place; at least at the start of the formal period of inspection, please contact Runnymede Borough Council on 01932 838383 to check on arrangements for visiting the Civic Centre. Details of library opening times can be found on the Surrey County Council website at https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/librarie

Published: 17 December 2021