TEP has recently been commissioned to prepare green infrastructure studies for two different councils.
Blackpool Council have asked TEP to prepare a green and blue infrastructure vision and action plan to support the town’s development. Blackpool is of course one of the most iconic seaside resorts in Britain, well loved by millions and still one of the countries’ top seaside destinations. Yet Blackpool is a densely populated urban area and has areas of joblessness and poor health. The Council is totally focussed on improving the town’s economy and building sustainable communities. Green infrastructure has a vital economic role to play in Blackpool’s development, for example enhancing the quality of arrival for visitors, providing places for cultural events, increasing physical activity, creating opportunities for community activity, tackling stress and enhancing biodiversity and landscape.
TEP will work with local specialists in public health, community volunteering, parks, open spaces and economic development to devise a vision for green infrastructure. TEP will then prepare an action plan. The study also includes a quality audit of 100 greenspaces in Blackpool.
In a separate appointment TEP is working with Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council to update its green infrastructure strategy. The strategy is adopted as a supplementary planning document. The town is experiencing intense housing demand and the green infrastructure strategy is seen as an important means of ensuring that investment in new development, both in the town and in urban extensions is of high quality to sustain education, health and business growth.
Francis Hesketh, TEP’s Director comments ‘Green infrastructure is vital to the economic and social health of all our towns and cities; Basingstoke and Blackpool face very different challenges but both councils share a desire to plan proactively for their future environment and both share a vision to involve the community in the shaping of that vision. We are delighted to be working on these two important studies.’