The Colne Valley Regional Park covers 10 Local Authorities/Counties and this makes it rare that the Valley is considered at a landscape scale.
The creation of a Green and Blue Infrastructure Plan for the Colne Valley Regional Park aims to bring the Green and Blue on the map to the forefront in planning decisions and feature the landscape of the Valley as a whole. In addition the Crane Valley has been added to this strategy in order to truly provide a landscape picture of the area.
Led by ARUP Landscape Consultants Local Interest Groups, Local Authorities, Wildlife Trusts and National Groups like the Environment Agency and the Canal and Rivers Trust and many others, have got together at a series of workshops to inform this plan. They have discussed the plans and aspirations they have for the open spaces and the rivers and lakes, how these interlink for both wildlife and people and how they could be improved. All of these ideas and the plans, both those that are advanced already and those that are at concept stage, have been drafted onto the maps of the area.
The resultant comprehensive document of maps and appendices will be available at the end of the summer (2019) for use by planning experts and local associations to be incorporated into planning decisions, local neighbourhood plans and anyone making a decision about changes in the local area.
Hopefully it will make it easier to consider the green and blue infrastructure in its entirety and to take into account the way that spaces link together both for people and wildlife.
Once published it will be available from this website.