Residents are urged to take part in our climate change consultation.
Green infrastructure strategy
Our draft green infrastructure strategy is for use of the outdoors. It supports our declaration of a climate change emergency.
It is focused on projects to improve green spaces and water-based places for the benefit of local communities and the environment.
- Read the draft green infrastructure strategy (pdf 29MB)
- Read our green infrastructure strategy consultation FAQs (pdf 131KB)
- Complete the online green infrastructure strategy survey
Protect and enhance our green spaces
Councillor Nigel Bedford, Portfolio Holder for Planning and Sustainability said:
The green infrastructure strategy is another major policy development in the district’s response to the climate change emergency. It’s designed to protect and enhance our vital green spaces and we need local people to help us get it right.
Please go to the consultation on our website and take part.
Help us tackle the climate emergency
Fellow Climate Change Champion and Cabinet Member responsible for Finance and Economic Development, Councillor John Philip added:
Our district is home to a rich and unique tapestry of natural green space. This network of landscapes has deep roots in ecology, culture and natural heritage.
We need to make best use of it to help us tackle the climate emergency, to enable us to build resilient communities and to ensure we develop an understanding of what high quality open space looks like and how it can be delivered.
Space for wildlife and more trees
Councillor Bedford added:
One of the key aspects of the plan is about providing a wider range of open spaces for communities to use. The draft plan includes protection and enhancement of the places people walk and enjoy the outdoors including by the rivers and canals. There are elements on children’s play spaces including wilder places to play.
And the Strategy addresses the impact of the evolving climate change emergency including space for wildlife and more trees to capture carbon and provide shade.
It’s also important to provide alternatives to using the Epping Forest and other important ecological sites – the idea is that these new spaces will relieve the visitor pressure on the Forest and other important natural places and help them to survive and regenerate the plant, insect and wildlife that relies on them. Some of these new spaces are part of the proposals for new housing developments in the district.
We look forward to many constructive suggestions
Councillor Philip added:
But it’s not just large-scale spaces that are being thought about. There are a lot of community-based projects that can be progressed as a result of ideas from local residents and businesses. They include the identification of opportunities for tree planting. These can be small spaces that would benefit from more tree cover or improve the environment of the place by adding trees.
We have identified different types of projects that could be brought forward but we want to hear your ideas as to how we can protect, improve and add to the rich and unique tapestry that we already have on our doorstep.
We look forward to many constructive suggestions as a result of this consultation so that we end up with the best possible strategy for our district.
The consultation on the draft strategy will take place for 6 weeks from Thursday 4 June to Thursday 16 July 2020.
The proposals are a mix of big ideas, and smaller community-based projects, short term and long term initiatives.
Complete the consultation
You can find all the details including how to book a short call with an officer on the Green Infrastructure Strategy page.
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