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Biodiversity and green spaces - What are we already doing?

Sustainable drainage scheme providing biodiversity benefits at Nine Wells

Our adopted 2018 Local Plans (see glossary) seek to protect and enhance biodiversity and open space, but the next Local Plan provides an opportunity to explore how we can do more.

Cambridge City Council and South Cambridgeshire District Council have declared biodiversity emergencies. As members of the Natural Cambridgeshire Local Nature Partnership, the Councils support the Partnership’s vision to double the area of rich wildlife habitats and natural greenspace within Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

The Partnership has prepared a Developing with Nature Toolkit to help developers and infrastructure providers to demonstrate their commitment to achieving a net biodiversity gain to the public, local authorities or shareholders.

We are also working as part of the Oxford-Cambridge Arc (see glossary) exploring investment across this wider area in the natural environment.

We are commissioning an evidence base study to inform how the new Local Plan (see glossary) can help achieve an enhanced and expanded Green Infrastructure (see glossary) network. This will consider how and where development is planned, and how it can help deliver new or improved wildlife areas and green spaces.

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