TEP has been chosen to draw up a green infrastructure plan for the historic town of Melton

The home of pork pies goes green

A town famous for its traditional foods is looking to the future with a green infrastructure plan.

TEP has been tasked with making sure that Melton in Leicestershire grows in an environmentally friendly way.

Tim Johns, TEP’s project director, said, “Most people will know Melton through its food – Stilton cheese and pork pies – but another strong tradition of the town is the way its parks have been managed by a 400 year old civic trust.

“We will be looking at green infrastructure provision in the whole borough to see how it can be managed to sustain biodiversity, visitor numbers and soil and water quality. These are things that are vitally important to the borough’s rural economy.”

Melton is within a housing growth area for the East Midlands, and TEP is aiming to make sure that expansion comes with a parallel investment in green infrastructure.

It will work with local groups and planning officers to draw up the strategy, which will be included in the Local Development Framework.

Melton’s planner Shaza Mark said: “The town of Melton will be experiencing growth in housing and employment.  We want to ensure we plan for green infrastructure in the growth areas and also enhance the borough’s existing green assets for tourism and climatic resilience.”

The plan is due to be finished in April 2011.

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