Green Infrastructure Framework for North East Wales, Cheshire and the Wirral
The Framework was commissioned in 2010 by a partnership of local authorities and environmental agencies with responsibility for overseeing the planning and delivery of Green Infrastructure (GI) across North East Wales, Cheshire and Wirral. The work was facilitated by the Mersey Dee Alliance (MDA).
Published in January 2011, the Framework considered the natural environments of Denbighshire, Flintshire, Wrexham, Cheshire West and Chester, Cheshire East and the Wirral, and set out a vision of how a healthy natural environment can help sustain economic growth and thriving communities.
The frameworks are available for download:
The Framework has provided the basis for producing GI Action Plans for:
- Flintshire Coastal Park GI Action Plan: the Action Plan forms an important element in the development of the Flintshire Coastal Park
- Lower River Dee Action Plan: the Action Plan will be used by Cheshire West and Chester Council as part of the evidence base for the development of the Local Plan.
- Ellesmere Port and Chester Action Plan: the Action Plan will be used Cheshire West and Chester Council as part of the evidence base for the development of Local Plan.
- Crewe Action Plan: the Crewe GI Action Plan will be used as an advocacy document for partners involved in the regeneration of the town, in particular in negotiations with developers to secure high quality development. The appendices are also available.
- Rhyl GI Action Plan: the action plan forms an important element in the development of Rhyl. The appendices are also available.
- Mid-Dee: in progress
The work in developing the Framework and Action Plans has been recognized nationally:
“Planning naturally – Spatial planning with nature in mins: in the UK and beyond” – published jointly by the RSPB, RTPI and CIEEM in July 2013, uses the Framework as one of its case studies of good practice.
“Green Infrastructure: an integrated approach to land use” – a Position Statement issued by the Landscape Institute in March 2013, highlights both the Crewe and the Flintshire Coastal Park GI Action Plans.
Neston to Deeside Greenway officially opened
The new Greenway route linking England and Wales between Neston and Deeside Industrial Estate was officially opened in July 2013. Work on the cross border route was carried out jointly by Cheshire West and Chester Council and Flintshire County Council with funding from Sustrans of £250,000 and £300,000 from the Welsh Government, allocated through Taith, the Regional Transport Consortium for north Wales.
The route has proved a success with walkers, wheelchair users and cyclists since its completion in April, attracting 6,000 users in its first month.
The official opening of the route was carried out by John Griffiths, Welsh Government Minister for Culture and Sport near the English/Welsh border on the Boardwalk across the marsh.
If you would like to comment or get involved please contact the MDA as below:
Tel: 0151 356 6564 / 6567
Location: Mersey Dee Alliance, Cheshire West and Chester Council, 2nd Floor, Council Offices, 4 Civic Way, Ellesmere Port, CH65 0BE