Multifunctional Land Use Framework

How it could work

This part of the guide is for people concerned with how a MULF could work in practice. It will continue to evolve as more examples of this work emerge.

Below you can find our latest learning papers, as well as some more practical ideas about implementation and stories from across UK nations of local leaders and communities and the land use challenges they face.

Latest resources

These four practitioner learning papers set out the core findings from our pilot testing of the Multifunctional Land Use Framework (MLUF) process in Devon and Cambridgeshire. The three papers on Data & Evidence, Leadership Lessons and Scope & Scale share key themes and aspects that future policymakers should consider when implementing a MLUF – while the Case Studies Collection show everyday examples of existing activities that demonstrate components of a MLUF already in action. Together, they form a useful resource for policymakers, local decision makers and communities working to improve land use at national, county or local level.

Read the Data & Evidence Learning Paper

Read the Leadership Lessons Learning Paper

Read the Scope & Scale Learning Paper

Read the Case Study Collection

In Cambridgeshire, a charity trying to provide better rural housing lays out the challenges.

A six-step process

Our experience in Devon and Cambridgeshire led us to refine a six-step systems process for implementing a Multifunctional Land Use Framework: Establish, Scope, Create, Test, Learn and Adapt, Embed and Share.

In the Peak District, sustainable transport campaigners have struggled to get the right people round the table. 

Aligning the six steps with the MLUF Principles

As the six step systems process unfolds, it is important to check alignment with the six principles of the MLUF. Our report provides a draft template to help you do this.

In Surrey, the county council is working to balance competing demands on their land.

Are you responsible for strategic land use decisions?

We are brokering a community of practice for senior leaders thinking about improving the way land use decisions are made and who want to influence the development of a Multifunctional Land Use Framework.

Our experience tells us that this work can be complex and demanding, needing excellent systems leadership and facilitation skills. We are developing a pilot programme for a cadre of facilitators to help with the task.

Please get in touch to find out more.

Our Research

In our 2019 report Our Future in the Land, FFCC proposed a Land Use Framework to help improve land use decision-making. Since then, we have produced stories, blogs, briefings, project updates and reports setting out the case for a Land Use Framework with multifunctionality at its heart.

Browse this collection below.


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