Green Infrastructure Strategy

What is Green Infrastructure?

Green infrastructure is a planned network of green spaces and inter-connecting links designed, developed and managed to meet the environmental, social and economic needs of the surrounding area.

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It includes:

  • Green Places – including: parks, woodlands, informal open spaces, allotments, street trees, multi-use trails;
  • Blue places – rivers waterways, lakes and our canal;
  • Yellow places – our beaches; and
  • Post-industrial mining areas

Green infrastructure provides many benefits for local people including areas for exercise, relaxation and play, wildlife areas, flood alleviation, food and fuel production and sustainable transport links. Improving and protecting these assets is a key aspect of planning in Cornwall.

The Green Infrastructure Strategy for Cornwall

Cornwall Council adopted the first Cornwall Wide Green Infrastructure Strategy in 2012.

The Green Infrastructure Strategy for Cornwall document provides a strategic framework to manage and enhance the wider natural environment for the benefit of people, biodiversity and places. It also sets out an approach to how Cornwall wants to guide and shape the planning and delivery of Green Infrastructure up to 2030. This is further strengthened by Policy 25 of the Cornwall Local Plan.

It also sets out how we intend to develop the Green Infrastructure Strategy on a local place based level and at a wider catchment level. It will also make available mapping information and other guidance to help Neighbourhood Plans to consider green Infrastructure types and functions and opportunities for improvement as part of the their plan. It is being updated to ensure that it fully reflects the newly adopted Cornwall Environmental Growth Strategy.

Work on updating the Green Infrastructure Strategy commenced in February 2017 as part of the PERFECT Interreg Project

The Cornwall Environmental Growth Strategy

This new Environmental Growth Strategy is a first of its kind in the UK.

’In 2065, Cornwall’s environment will be naturally diverse, beautiful and healthy, supporting a thriving society, prosperous economy and abundance of wildlife.’

Developed by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Nature Partnership (CIoSLNP) and Cornwall Council, it aims to encourage businesses, communities and individuals to work together to increase environmental, social and economic prosperity in Cornwall. A first of its kind, environmental growth is focused on helping nature to do more for us. The Strategy was adopted by Cornwall Council in September 2016.