Vision set out for county landscape

New plan for Cambridgeshire will ensure landscapes are integral to sustainable development.

A bold and imaginative vision has been launched to ensure that development plans for Cambridgeshire include a high-quality green infrastructure. Landscape architects from The Landscape Partnership have spent several months completing the Green Infrastructure Strategy for the Cambridge sub-region and hope other developments in the east of England will follow suit. The Cambridgeshire Structure Plan includes 47,500 new homes and a £2.2bn infrastructure to be in place by 2016. The strategy, commissioned by Cambridgeshire Horizons, a non-profit-making company set up by the county’s local authorities, aims to ensure the environment is incorporated into the new community’s design from the outset. Landscape Partnership representative Graham Farrier said he hoped the significant commission undertaken by the company’s landscape architects, urban designers and environmental planners would mould future areas of growth for the Thames Gateway. He said: “We are delighted to be involved so early in the process. We have got to think about the green infrastructure from the start and ensure it is well thought out.” Farrier said the instigators realised green spaces were not just a “nice thing” but an “integral part of a sustainable development”. The strategy builds on the pattern of local landscape character and biodiversity to reflect the variations in the Cambridgeshire landscape including fens, chalklands and river valleys.

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