Linking people and wildlife with a Neighbourhood Plan

Posted by on Sep 20, 2017 in Journal | No Comments

Over the past year, Place Studio has been supporting the town of Dursley, in Stroud, to prepare a Neighbourhood Plan. Dursley is a small town surrounded on two sides by the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Cotswold way runs through the heart of the town and it is a hub for walking and cycling. The town even has its own annual Walking Festival!

We’ve worked with the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group, and a sub-team interested in the Natural Environment together with and the Gloucestershire Centre for Environmental Records to produce a detailed Green Infrastructure map for the town, which includes grassland, farmland, watercourses, woodland, parkland, traditional orchards, allotments, wildlife areas, churchyards and other linear features such as intact hedgerows as well as the sculpture trail. This forms the basis of a new planning policy in the Neighbourhood Plan that requires that these green links and connections are retained for people and wildlife.

We are often asked about how Neighbourhood Planning can plan positively for the natural environment, so we hope this will be a case study of interest. Watch this space as the Dursley Neighbourhood Plan is due to go out for Reg.14 consultation very soon!



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