Green Infrastructure

Building a Sustainable Future for Torbay

‘Green infrastructure is a network of multi-functional green space, both new and existing, both rural and urban, which supports the natural and ecological processes and is integral to the health and quality of life of sustainable communities’ (CLG (2008) Planning Policy Statement 12 - Local Spatial Planning).

In 2010 the Trust took the lead role in the coordination and production of the Torbay Green Infrastructure Delivery plan, in partnership with Torbay Council and Natural England. The aim was to produce a clear strategic document to guide the delivery of a healthy green infrastructure network in Torbay over the next ten years.

Since the launch of the plan in 2010 a new South Devon Green Infrastructure Partnership has formed, which is chaired by the Trust and the Trust employs a South Devon Green Infrastructure Coordinator on behalf of the partnership. This cross border partnership helps coordinate the delivery of a healthy and resilient green network across the region, focusing on important ecological links between the rural hinterland and urban areas of Torbay and Newton Abbot.  Partners on the partnership include Torbay Council, Natural England, Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust, National Trust, South Hams District Council and South Devon AONB.

For more information and a copy of the partnership’s brochure please click here.

For more information please contact Alex Scholefield, Chair of South Devon Green Infrastructure Partnership on

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