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A Green Infrastructure
Strategy for Rochdale MBC
Aim of the workshop
• To explain our GI Strategy proposal – why
are we doing it?
• Are we missing something?
• To invite you to help us produce and
deliver the strategy
The Bigger Picture
• GI is a recognised part of the essential
infrastructure of towns and cities
• GI requirements in the Regional Spatial
• A requirement for GI planning to deliver
the New Growth Point
• AGMA – Towards a Green Infrastructure
Framework for Greater Manchester
• Existing and developing GM agendas –
climate change, low carbon economy,
ecological framework, rural regeneration,
flood risk management etc
• Local planning and delivery responses –
spatial planning, community forests, area
based regeneration
• How should Rochdale MBC make sense
of this in GI terms? Where do we fit in?
GI in Rochdale MBC – a draft
• “Our Green Infrastructure supports our quality of life and defines our
sense of place in Greater Manchester and the South Pennines. It
provides our natural environmental networks and systems which
support sustainable development and which help to protect our
economy and communities of today and tomorrow from the effects
of flooding and climate change. It helps to conserve and enhance
our biodiversity and the character of our towns and countryside and
it provides an accessible landscape for our residents and visitors to
enjoy and take pride in. Green Infrastructure is fundamental to good
urban design which meets the needs and aspirations of people and
place. We will deliver and manage high quality, well designed and
accessible Green Infrastructure to make our Borough a healthier,
more prosperous, stimulating and safe place to live, learn, work and
play in and for visitors.”
GI Strategy Objectives
• Define GI (consistent with GM and Regional definitions)
• Provide a strong policy context for GI – local, GM and regional
• Explain why GI is important in Rochdale Borough and identify key
• Establish Rochdale’s GI role in GM and the Region
• Set out the strategic role of GI in delivering quality of life and quality
of place benefits for sustainable growth and regeneration
• Identify key GI planning principles and good practice
• Identify key GI actions and priority investment areas – hubs, routes,
gateways and corridors, functional areas, areas of deficiency etc
• Link GI to key policy, delivery programmes and mechanisms – local,
sub regional, regional
• Establish a co-ordinated approach to GI planning and delivery within
the Council and with key partners
• Ensure that GI is understood and ‘owned’ by the community
• Establish effective monitoring and review
GI functions
• Climate change adaptation – protecting carbon sinks and increasing
urban resilience
• Reducing economic and community risk – managing flood risk etc
• Improved image and setting to help attract and retain investment in
growth and regeneration
• Improving health and well being – active lifestyles, reduced pollution
• Accessible environments and strategic routes for recreation and
• Improving the image and quality of transport gateways and corridors
• An ecological framework
• Conserving and better managing natural resources e.g. water
• Conserving and enhancing local distinctiveness and landscape
• Delivering high quality public realm
Some priority issues
How to embed GI in plans, strategies and investment programmes – locally and in
Identifying key GI assets and actions linked to regeneration and growth areas – HMR,
Heywood SUN, Kingsway, Rochdale Town Centre, LDF Spatial Options etc
The role of the rivers and river valleys especially the River Roch
The Rochdale Canal Corridor – an economic, environmental and recreational asset
Key gateways and corridors – M62, A627m, A58, rail routes etc
Economic development – existing and proposed
Key cross boundary areas – Croal Irwell and M66 corridor, South Pennines,
Manchester (Heaton Park etc), Oldham (Tandle Hill CP and the M62 corridor) etc
An effective flood risk management resource – defences, washlands etc
A robust ecological framework
Sites and routes for tourism and recreation – well connected routes and spaces
Gaps and underperforming GI hot spots – inner urban areas, the Roch Valley etc
Do you have other key issues??
A GI Tour of Rochdale
• The Good…………
A GI Tour of Rochdale……..
The Surprising……….
The Could Be Better…………
The Ugly…………
What is happening??
• A project plan
• CABE Space support
• Consultation workshops – LSP, Townships,
External Stakeholders, Internal
• Participation events ongoing
• A ‘Light Touch’ Strategy
• A model Township GI Plan – Heywood
• Consultation on draft
• Adopt and launch May 2009
Kit Campbell CABE Space
Over to you…………………….