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Vision and Priorities

Our vision is to effectively work in partnership to make environmental improvements and drive sustainable development across County Durham.

 Vision

Our vision is to effectively work in partnership to make environmental improvements and drive sustainable development across County Durham. 

"A place where people want to live and visit because of the high quality of the natural and built environment"

Priority Objectives

The Environment Partnership theme groups and board are working towards the following objectives and outcomes.

Deliver a cleaner, more attractive and sustainable environment through:

  • Promoting high quality open spaces for recreation, food growing and exercise.

  • Community participation in activities to improve the environment.

  • A sustainable approach to waste management, with support to re-use and re-cycle where appropriate.

  • Reduced environmental crime, litter and dog fouling.

Promote the value, diversity and benefits of Durham's natural environment by ensuring:

  • Natural assets of land and water are utilised where appropriate and enjoyed in a sustainable manner to protect them for future generations.

  • Natural resources and communities are protected from environmental harm.

  • Landscape, habitats and ecosystems are conserved to be more diverse, ecologically functional and robust.

  • Sustainable food production is promoted which protects soils and biodiversity

Reduce greenhouse gases and adapt to the impact of climate change to ensure:

  • Impact of emissions and waste can be reduced and disposed of in a responsible manner.

  • Communities and businesses are more aware and resilient to the impact of extreme weather events.

  • Partners, households and businesses are more energy efficient and use of low carbon and renewable technologies are increased.

  • Sustainable travel is supported and when opportunities arise use our assets to stimulate sustainable transport.

Promote sustainable, sympathetic development and enhance Durham's heritage assets:

  • Heritage assets are protected and enhanced

  • New development is designed so as to enhance the built and natural environment

  • Promoting high quality efficient and sustainable design across new developments

  • New developments are built to a high energy efficiency standards and water management standards.

  • Skills and buildings relating to our heritage are protected