Ravensden GI Plan

Thank you to everyone who took part in the initial Ravensden Green Infrastructure Survey. You came up with lots of ideas for conserving and enhancing our local environment, important views, open space and rights of way. Based entirely on your input, we have put together a list of aspirations and drafted a map showing these.

Further down this page you will find information explaining what green infrastructure is, why a Green Infrastructure Plan is being created; and some maps which provide some context to the parish and identify many of the features that make up its green infrastructure.

We are seeking your views

We are now seeking your views on these aspirations so we can work out what is most important to local people and what might not get so much support. In a moment, you will be invited to complete another short survey.

First of all, though, please have a look at the draft GI map and the table of aspirations. Make a note of the numbers of up to 5 aspirations you most support, and then the numbers of up to another 5 aspirations you disagree with - you will be asked to put these numbers into relevant boxes in Questions 3 and 4 on the survey. Click on the adjacent map and accompanying table of aspirations.

Table of contents

    Draft GI map and the table of aspirations

    Make a note of the numbers of up to 5 aspirations you most support, and then the numbers of up to another 5 aspirations you disagree with - you will be asked to put these numbers into relevant boxes in Questions 3 and 4 on the survey. Click on the adjacent map and accompanying table of aspirations.

    Now that you have seen the map and the table, you may have additional ideas to suggest – so do please take this further opportunity to help enhance our parish.

    Once you are ready complete our survey to let us know what you think

    https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/RavensdenGI

    Please reply by Sunday 3rd January 2021.

    Please note that the plan will be built around items of common consensus  and so we can’t guarantee that all individual comments will be included – but we do need your input to identify that common consensus.

    Thank you for your help

    Ravensden GI Planning Map Pack

    The following maps provide some context to the parish and identify many of the features that make up its green infrastructure.

    These maps should help to inform your thoughts and ideas.  Please look at the ‘Ravensden GI Map Pack Contents’ document which explains what you will see on each map.

    These maps form part of the evolving GI Plan and as such are not yet ‘final’.  There may be some errors/ omissions on them – if you spot any, please do let us know in the general comments section of the questionnaire.

    Further information on Green Infrastructure

    Green Infrastructure should

    • Contribute to the management, conservation and improvement of the local landscape
    • Contribute to the protection, conservation and management of historic landscape, archaeological and built heritage assets
    • Maintain and enhance biodiversity to ensure that development and implementation results in a net gain of biodiversity
    • Be delivered through the enhancement of existing woodlands and also by the creation of new woodlands and forest areas
    • Create new recreational facilities, particularly those that present opportunities to link urban and countryside areas
    • Take account of and integrate with natural processes and systems
    • Be managed and funded in urban areas to accommodate nature, wildlife and historic and cultural assets, and provide for sport and recreation
    • Be designed to high standards of quality and sustainability to deliver social and economic, as well as environmental benefits
    • Provide focus for social inclusion, community development and lifelong learning

    Benefits of Green Infrastructure

    Well-designed and integrated GI can deliver a range of benefits, often in combination:

    • Improve health and mental well-being
    • Promote a sense of community
    • Help reduce crime, fear of crime and antisocial behavior
    • Provide opportunity for exercise, sport, active recreation, spiritual well-being and quiet contemplation
    • Improve health as a result of increased physical activity, such as walking
    • Provide community resources for learning and training
    • Provide opportunities for community involvement
    • Provide a leisure focus and attraction for people of all ages from the existing and the growth communities
    • Help establish local identity or sense of place
    • Improve environmental quality, e.g. better air and water quality, local climate control and noise attenuation
    • Contribute to sustainable drainage and flood mitigation
    • Provide the opportunity to protect, recreate and rehabilitate landscapes and habitats damaged or lost by previous development or agricultural change
    • Help maintain and enhance biodiversity
    • Contribute to the protection, management and enhancement of historic and natural sites and areas
    • Improve and sustain land values
    • Reduce land management costs
    • Provide an enhanced environmental backdrop that will assist in attracting business and inward investment.