County council supports pledge to protect nature
Gloucestershire County Council has agreed to join a Green Infrastructure Pledge set out by the Gloucestershire Local Nature Partnership (GLNP).
Today (5 Sept) the Gloucestershire Economic Growth Joint Committee discussed the importance of well planned green infrastructure and how it could be incorporated into future county development and regeneration, following an invitation from the GLNP.
The GLNP has asked the county council and the six other local authorities to join forces to protect nature in the county. Following today’s committee meeting the county council will support the pledge, promising to develop, maintain and protect natural features in Gloucestershire.
Every local authority already thinks about the environmental impact of planning decisions and infrastructure projects, and there will now be annual reports into how the council are taking the pledge forward.
What is Green Infrastructure?
Green Infrastructure is the network of natural and semi-natural features within and between our villages, towns and cities. These features range in scale, from individual street trees, green roofs and private gardens through to parks, rivers and woodlands, transport corridors, verges and, at the larger scale, wetlands, forests and agricultural land.
Good Green Infrastructure can improve water management, air quality, public safety, food and energy security, public health and wellbeing, social cohesion, along with climate change adaptation and mitigation.
Cllr Nigel Moor, cabinet member responsible for strategic infrastructure and climate change, said, “Gloucestershire is a green and beautiful county and we want to help safeguard this so future generations can enjoy it too. Green Infrastructure is increasingly recognised to have a number of benefits and the county council will now look at embedding these principles into how we plan for Gloucestershire’s future development and regeneration.”
More information can be found online:
- Gloucestershire Economic Growth Joint Committee agenda paper -
- “Building with Nature” https://www.buildingwithnature.org.uk/
- Gloucestershire Local Nature Partnership (GLNP) http://www.gloucestershirenature.org.uk/