Enhancing Green Infrastructure
Green infrastructure serves as multi-functional spaces addressing various social, economic, and environmental needs. The DDNP defines it as a network of 13 green corridors encompassing natural greenspaces like woodlands and ponds, managed greenspaces such as parks and gardens, and their connections like footways, waterways, and hedgerows.
Conservation and Public Access:
These green corridors are vital for local conservation efforts, creating a more interconnected Green Infrastructure Network and promoting increased public access to experience wildlife firsthand. Collaborating with local landowners is a key focus of the DDNP to achieve these objectives. Development proposals must acknowledge and preserve the identified green corridors.
Biodiversity and Wildlife Protection:
New development within or near a green corridor must demonstrate measurable net gains in biodiversity. Alternatively, they should contribute qualitative improvements to the corridor, focusing on enhancing habitats or facilitating the movement of fauna and flora. Development proposals must also mitigate any significant harm to wildlife that uses the corridor.
Maximising Habitat Opportunities:
All developments in the DDNP area must maximize habitat opportunities by accommodating local wildlife. Incorporating bird boxes, swift bricks, bat boxes, and hedgehog highway gaps in garden barriers are examples of measures to facilitate the movement of wildlife through development sites. Ecology reports accompanying applications must outline how habitat opportunities will be retained and maximized.
In conclusion, the DDNP is committed to safeguarding and enhancing green corridors, contributing to the preservation of green infrastructure. By working collaboratively and implementing wildlife-friendly measures in development proposals, we strive to create a harmonious balance between human needs and environmental conservation.
Please support the DDNP in our aspiration to become an adopted plan and protect the area from poor and/or over development.