|PBRS aims to identify synergies between social, economic and environmental needs and opportunities, strategies and investments – thus ensuring value added results. It is underpinned by the UK’s Five Guiding Principles of Sustainable Development:
Achieving a sustainable economy
Promoting good governance
Using sound science responsibly
Living within environmental limits
Ensuring a strong, healthy and just society
PBRS uses Geographic Information System (GIS) software. This allows spatial data from a wide variety of sources to be combined and analysed in order to ensure that projects achieve a win-win-win scenario.
However, PBRS is more than a technical tool: it is an ethos and philosophy that assists cross-sectoral working and understanding amongst representatives of the different sectors – and as such functions as a tool for holistic partnership development and intervention. It is also built on the premise that the key to increasing the social, economic and environmental values of an area, and thus exploiting its leverage potential, lies in the three criteria of Quality, Entrepreneurship and Location.
PBRS does not provide “the answer”. Instead, it provides a good basis for strategic and evidence based decision making: offering spatial guidance and insights on where the greatest potential public benefit could be delivered. The intelligence and insights it generates, when considered alongside local knowledge, local priorities, vision and ‘entrepreneurship’, truly guarantee that investment is maximised to sustainably meet needs and respond to opportunities.