Our chance to create a greener future for Mid Suffolk

18 November 2017

Mid Suffolk Green Party unveils its own vision for the District and its citizens in response to the Council’s Local Plan.

Green councillors at Mid Suffolk District Council are arguing for a truly sustainable vision for the District to be set out in the Local Plan which is currently being prepared.
The premise of a Local Plan is to prepare for development – and in doing so there is a great opportunity to ensure all new development is fit for the future.
The policies should:

• Require design and construction that will emit little or no CO2, thus energy efficiency meaning minimal fuel bills
• Ensure housing need is met by an enlarged affordable homes sector, protected from ‘Right to Buy’ shrinkage
• Facilitate access to services and amenities within our communities without the exclusive use of a car
• Prioritise healthy communities and environment over relentless growth
• Take into account changes in society that are occurring now in how people live and work. Far more people work from home, broadband is improving, new technology such as driverless cars and buses will soon be commonplace.

Councillor Sarah Mansel said:

“A “green thread” should be running through the plan. We need to support biodiversity, add to the health and happiness of our citizens, and do our bit to lessen climate change while adapting to its effects. “

Councillor Rachel Eburne, a Deputy Chair of the Local Government Association’s national panel for Environment, Housing and Transport added:

“The way to cut pollution and congestion would be to stop investing in new road capacity, and integrate our travel system by investing more in public transport, cycling and walking. while embracing new technology. Planning objectives should steer developers towards homes within walking or cycling distance of public transport hubs and shops, GP surgeries and other facilities. In that way new developments would not increase car dependency. Developers of any new houses or businesses should contribute to cycle and walking connections to those hubs. This would improve health, help improve the sense of community and wellbeing in towns and villages, reduce congestion and pollution and cut carbon emissions. “

Andrew Stringer, Green Group Leader and Woodland Trust Tree Champion, said:

We all agree Mid Suffolk is a wonderful place to live, but it has a lower proportion of tree cover than any other part of the county. We need to change that, planting woodland as well as hedges, to improve the quality of life for both residents and other living things. It must be accessible, open to the public, and secure from future development. Our local economy also benefits from a landscape which attracts more tourists, and woodland crafts also play their part.”

Councillor John Matthissen concluded:

“This is our chance to create a greener future for Mid Suffolk.”

 






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