Leicester green infrastructure study to inform future urban development

Local authorities in the East Midlands are preparing an integrated green infrastructure and landscape sensitivity study.

Loughborough - image: Land Use Consultants
Loughborough - image: Land Use Consultants

The study, being carried out by Land Use Consultants (LUC), is part of a non-statutory strategic growth plan (SGP) for Leicester and Leicestershire to identify longer-term proposals for housing and economic growth.

It will inform the preparation of local authorities’ local plans and help ensure that locations identified for economic and housing development are delivered in a way that conserves and enhances landscape, biodiversity and green infrastructure.

LUC’s landscape planning and management and planning teams are working with the local authorities and partners on the study, building on previous work in the county over several years.

A previous study for the city council found 67% of the city was classified as green infrastructure with the largest individual type of landuse being private domestic gardens at 25.5%.

The gardens, however, are not evenly distributed with several areas such as the city centre and heavily industrialised areas lacking greenery.

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