Garden villages are by their nature green. We recognise the importance of protecting the environment and wildlife. We want to create a new place with green infrastructure at its heart.
Green spaces will be connected and varied to help establish and enhance wildlife habitats . Wildlife (and people) can move from one green space to another – essential for encouraging biodiversity.
We are researching the habitats and habits of species such as bats, owls, kingfishers, voles, badgers to understand what is already on the land. This will protect the most valuable habitats. It will also create other habitats, including wetlands, ponds and areas of tree planting. The masterplan will look at creating new green corridors and enhancing the existing ones.
The emerging scheme includes re-designing the road through the site as a tree-lined avenue. It also looks at providing sports pitches and public open spaces for play and recreation. These will be connected by walkable green corridors. Access to the existing countryside will be improved. New cycleways and pedestrian walkways will connect all parts of the development, and create river and woodland walks. We will also be providing a new woodland area as part of our plans to create a Forest for Cornwall.
We want to create an enhanced surface water drainage system, consisting of new ponds, wetlands and swales. This will use the natural characteristics of the environment to slow, store and clean water. These surface water drainage features will help increase biodiversity and protect and enhance species.
These green spaces, wildlife areas, woodlands and natural water features will be for everyone. Those living at Langarth Garden Village and those from neighbouring areas.
We are working with environmental experts as well as with the local community. We are carrying out a full environmental impact assessment as part of our planning application. This includes transport impact, air quality and noise assessments. The scope of this will be agreed with the Environment Agency.