Sustainability and climate change

8. Green infrastructure enhancement strategy

Green Infrastructure (GI) is a network of natural and semi natural features, green spaces, rivers and lakes. It is an asset to be utilised, protected and enhanced; it can provide opportunities for environmental education, support biodiversity with access to nature for people, and can act as a catalyst to economic growth.

In October 2013 Stockport Council announced that it was seeking an independent consultant to produce a viable Green Infrastructure (GI) strategy for Stockport Town Centre (the study area) which could be used as a tool in decision making, by outlining the benefits of GI and identifying opportunities and associated benefits for specific locations in the town centre.

Research undertaken for the study shows that throughout the study area there is a lack of green infrastructure provision and there are notable gaps in the Central Business District (CBD) and Retail Quarter.

To fill the identified gaps and enhance Stockport Town Centre’s Urban Green Infrastructure thematic and project interventions have been identified. The thematic interventions (non geographic) accumulate though time and their impact will be large. The project interventions are geographically specific and tied to the regeneration of the study area – Stockport Town Centre.

For more information, read our Green Infrastructure Enhancement Strategy (PDF 8mb).