Alston Moor Greenprint
A greener future for Alston Moor
The Alston Moor Greenprint is a three-year project led by CAfS to create a vision for a green and sustainable future for the area, with practical actions and solutions to make it happen.
Funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, the Greenprint will be part of the new community plan being developed by the Alston Moor Partnership (AMP).
Together, the Greenprint and community plan will put forward solutions for how Alston Moor’s strong, creative and resilient communities can overcome the challenges they face – a dwindling population, cuts to statutory services and transport links, a lack of local employment and opportunities, threats to schools and health services, and pockets of fuel poverty due to the old traditional stone homes that many residents live in.
It’s very much part of the bigger picture for developments on Alston Moor. As well as the Greenprint actions being part of the community plan, it will also help embed green policy into any future neighbourhood planning.
Roe Baker, Greenprint project manager
This will depend on what residents and businesses on Alston Moor say they want to see happening in the area, but the Greenprint is likely to tackle topics like:
- green waste management
- green businesses
- green transport
- food growing
- energy efficiency in older buildings
- energy efficiency planning in new build housing and trialling innovative architecture
- renewable energy schemes owned by the community
- green tourism marketing
The Greenprint will focus on making a difference to people’s day-to-day quality of life, creating long-term benefit to the local economy and mitigating the effects of climate change.
A vision of what Alston Moor should be like after the Greenprint
- A community ready to face the challenges that national and global politics throw at it, with policies in place through a Neighbourhood Plan to mitigate the effects of climate change and benefit the community.
- A strong, self-sufficient community growing their own food and benefiting from their own sources of community renewable energy, with warm homes, lower fuel bills and zero fuel poverty.
- A place where green businesses thrive, sharing resources and using green waste policies
- A place where innovation sits beside tradition, where eco-friendly new homes touch shoulders with older buildings that have been well insulated and retrofitted for energy efficiency.
- A safe place that young families want to move to, where people can set up green businesses or take public transport / shared transport to work, or where they can work efficiently from home.
- An area with awards for green tourism, activities and events linked to the landscape, local food produce, green energy and heritage.
- A place that other communities can contact and visit for advice, and where we can offer a replicable and realistic model of sustainable development.
If you have any questions about the Greenprint, contact Roe by email: [email protected]
About the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
Esmée Fairbairn Foundation aims to improve the quality of life for people and communities throughout the UK both now and in the future. They do this by funding the charitable work of organisations with the ideas and ability to achieve positive change. The Foundation is one of the largest independent grant-makers in the UK. They make grants of £30-35 million annually towards a wide range of work within the arts, children and young people, the environment, social change and food. They also commit up to £35 million in social investments in organisations that aim to deliver both a financial return and a social benefit. www.esmeefairbairn.org.uk