Cambridgeshire ‘doubling nature’ plans are ‘greenwash’, say campaigners

Plans unveiled last week to double the area of rich wildlife habitats and green space from 8.5% to 17% across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough have been dismissed by local campaigners as a way of offsetting huge proposed housing developments in the region.

The plans to “double nature” in the area were drawn up by the Natural Cambridgeshire partnership, which includes local authorities, conservation charities, housing developers,community groups and statutory agencies such as Natural England and the Environment Agency. 

The group said that if planned and coordinated well, “housing, mineral extraction and infrastructure development can create large areas of new green space and rich wildlife habitats – good for nature and for people”.

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