2G3S have responded to a ‘Green Infrastructure Survey’ organised by LUC (environmental management consultants) on behalf of SCDC and CCC. You can see our response here. We also submitted a map (based on Stapleford and Great Shelford Neighbourhood Plan recommendations).
Many thanks to Yasmin who co-ordinated the work on this.
Earlier this year, South Cambridgeshire District Council and Cambridge City Council appointed LUC to provide evidence informing the creation of an enhanced and expanded green (and blue) infrastructure network in Greater Cambridge (defined as the combined area of Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire districts).
The project specification includes a number of related work strands:
- Assess existing network
- Identify priority areas for enhancement
- Identify refined priority areas and identify deliverable opportunities for enhancement
- Policy development advice
- Further potential work, including provision of expert advice to Plan Making and Development Plan Examination.
The work, which will extend to January 2024, will form part of the Councils’ development plan-making process in relation to green infrastructure and biodiversity, and will also identify green infrastructure opportunities that could be delivered outside of the planning system. The current survey is part of that process.
Cambridgeshire County Council has had a Green Infrastructure strategy since at least 2006. The strategy demonstrates how green infrastructure can be used to help to achieve four objectives:
- To reverse the decline in biodiversity
- To mitigate and adapt to climate change
- To promote sustainable growth and economic development
- To support healthy living and well-being