CANADA WATER GREEN SPACES AND SUSTAINABILITY
Planning for the Canada Water area should include an overview of the whole of Area Two as designated within the Councils Area Forum, with particular regard to the whole of the Surrey Docks peninsula.
The planning should take account of the opportunity to develop a Green Belt Strategy, arising from the existing network of established ecological sites.
Surrey Docks Farm and the Pumphouse Education Museum are established green spaces and examples of good practice, occupying strategically important sites within the borough. Both have a long track record of piloting quality environmental education and leisure programmes. These should be seen as key players to influence the planning process to include a maximum use of green spaces within the whole area as a means to achieve sustainability.
The current network of Green Spaces supports the Mayors development of a Biodiversity Strategy for the Capital, which seeks to protect and enhance such established sites.
Recommend that green lanes be established to facilitate wildlife movement.
All planning for this area should include awareness of the unique opportunities to develop a sustainable community based around the network of green spaces. If the environmental and suburban nature of the area were realised, then it would be of national and international interest and importance. This would lead to income generation through job creation, skills training for the Life Long Learning Strategy and environmental education based within a Healthy Living Strategy.
This is a chance to establish an inclusive community working in, for and through the environment, which supports the councils Sustainable Southwark policy (in line with Local Agenda 21), meets the issues arising from the councils UDP and maximises the ability of individuals and groups to attract sponsorship from a wide variety of sources.