In 2010, Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust took the lead role in the coordination and production of the Torbay Green Infrastructure Delivery Plan (GIDP), 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.

The GIDP was published in April 2011 following an extensive stakeholder engagement and consultation exercise and is a key evidence document for the Local Plan.

Torbay Green Infrastructure Delivery Plan
Guide for the delivery of a healthy green infrastructure network in Torbay.

Green infrastructure is a term used to refer to the living network of green spaces, water and other environmental features in both urban and rural areas. It is often used in an urban context to cover benefits provided by trees, parks, gardens, road verges, allotments, cemeteries, woodlands, rivers and wetlands.

Green infrastructure is also relevant in a rural context, where it might refer to the use of farmland, woodland, wetlands or other natural features to provide services such as flood protection, carbon storage or water purification. Green infrastructure maintains critical ecological links between town and country.

Around the country local partnerships are seeking to use green infrastructure to drive economic growth and regeneration and improve public health, wellbeing and quality of life. It can also support biodiversity and the functioning of natural systems such as rivers and flood plains and help reduce the negative impacts of climate change.

Natural Environment White Paper, 2011

A Green Infrastructure Statement should be submitted with your planning application if green infrastructure assets are likely to be affected by the proposed development or where there is an opportunity to provide new green infrastructure to support existing networks.
This is likely to apply to most major built development proposals, some major changes of use and some minor built development proposals.

The following should be provided:

  • A plan showing existing green infrastructure assets (see page 4 of the Landscape Institute‚Äôs 2009 Position Statement opens in a new window for a comprehensive list) on and adjacent to the proposed development site and green infrastructure constraints and opportunities for the proposed development. The maps within the Torbay Green Infrastructure Delivery Plan should be referred to when considering existing green infrastructure assets and opportunities.
  • A statement detailing the way in which green infrastructure has been incorporated into the proposed development layout, drawing on the constraints and opportunities information above. The statement should explain how the proposed green infrastructure assets in the development layout link to the wider green infrastructure network. This statement could follow the identified themes within the Torbay Green Infrastructure Delivery Plan: Recreation, Travel and Health; Biodiversity and Landscape; Local Food; and Climate Change Mitigation and Water Quality.
  • The final development layout showing the proposed green infrastructure to be incorporated into the development proposals.

The Green Infrastructure Statement can be incorporated into the Design and Access Statement or Planning Statement / Planning Policy Statement.