Green Infrastructure Strategy consultation
We are undertaking a review of our Green Infrastructure (GI) Strategy and would like to hear your views.
What is the Strategy?
The GI Strategy is an umbrella document that provides strategic direction for the management, protection and enhancement of the borough’s green assets. It forms the basis for the many tasks and actions that the council carries out to protect and enhance the GI network.
What is Green Infrastructure?
GI is defined as an interconnected network of natural areas and other green open spaces that is integral to the health and quality of life of people in local communities and which supports and enhances natural and ecological processes.
It benefits the public and the environment by providing attractive environments for outdoor recreation and exercise; a sense of place; biodiversity enhancement; and other environmental benefits
The borough has a very good range of green infrastructure assets, including:
- Green Flag awarded parks in the heart of Basingstoke
- the Forestry Commission’s Basing Wood to the north of Popley
- some of the country’s most precious wildlife habitats
- an extensive network of public rights of way, and publicly accessible parks and open countryside areas.
What is covered in the review?
Originally adopted as council policy in 2013, we are undertaking a review of the strategy and have produced a draft review version which;
- sets out the GI Strategy as a number of themes more accurately setting out issues and actions for the different strands of GI
- provides an update for legislation and policies that provide the context for GI
- updates the previous action plan setting out tasks for GI protection and enhancement.
What we are asking
GI has an impact on many different areas of the borough and we would like to consider as many different views on GI as possible. Please let us have your views on a proposed draft review of the strategy, which can be viewed below:
We are asking questions on the different sections of the draft review and we would be grateful if you could provide your responses to these.
The consultation is running for six weeks and will close on Friday 30 March 2018.
What happens next?
Following the consultation period, comments that have been made will be considered and any necessary changes will be made to the GI Strategy, with a final review version being presented to the council’s Cabinet for adoption.