Green infrastructure is the network of green spaces around us which provide a wide range of environmental and quality of life benefits. These benefits include:
The South Devon Green Infrastructure Partnership formed over three years ago following the production of Green Infrastructure Delivery Plans for Torbay and for the ‘Heart of Teignbridge’ (covering Newton Abbot and the surrounding areas).
The partnership is now well established and one full time coordinator is employed by Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust on behalf of the partnership. The partnership is made up of organisations that are committed to the delivery of high quality and strategically planned green infrastructure across the project area and includes Torbay Council, South Hams District Council, Natural England, Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust, South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the National Trust.
The main aim of the South Devon Green Infrastructure Partnership is to secure delivery of high quality green infrastructure for both wildlife and the community and to strengthen the green infrastructure network across the South Devon project area.
The Torbay Green Infrastructure Delivery Plan was published in April 2011 following an extensive stakeholder engagement and consultation exercise and is a key evidence document for the emerging Torbay Local Plan.
More information on the Torbay Green Infrastructure Plan can be found here. The Delivery Plan can also be downloaded from the related documents section of this webpage.
The South Devon Green Infrastructure Coordinator works part time at Torbay Council focusing on the delivery of green infrastructure projects identified in the Delivery Plan; and ensuring that green infrastructure is considered within new development proposals through the enhancement of existing assets, creation of new assets and improvement of connectivity between individual assets.
South Hams District Council started working on a Green Infrastructure Plan for the South Hams in Summer 2013 to complement neighbouring Green Infrastructure Plans produced by Plymouth, Torbay and Teignbridge and to provide evidence for the emerging South Hams ‘Our Plan’.
Further information can be found here.
The South Devon Green Infrastructure Coordinator works part time at South Hams District Council focusing on the production of the South Hams Green Infrastructure Plan. Once the plan is completed, work will start on delivery of green infrastructure projects identified in the plan.