GREEN infrastructure projects in Cambridgeshire will receive a £3 million boost from the Housing Growth Fund, Cambridgeshire Horizons said last week. The Horizons board approved the distribution of 10 per cent of the 2009-2011 Housing Growth Fund for Camb

GREEN infrastructure projects in Cambridgeshire will receive a £3 million boost from the Housing Growth Fund, Cambridgeshire Horizons said last week.

The Horizons board approved the distribution of 10 per cent of the 2009-2011 Housing Growth Fund for Cambridgeshire to ensure that quality of life continues to remain a high priority for new developments.

The allocation reinforces the importance the partnership places on making sure new developments in Cambridgeshire come forward alongside environmental improvements, better access to the countryside and increased biodiversity, the not-for-profit company set up to deliver £4.1billion of growth-related infrastructure said.

Among the projects approved are further improvements to the network of access routes and green spaces surrounding Cambridge, continued support for improved habitat and access projects at St Neots and the Great Fen in Huntingdonshire and the National Trust's Wicken Fen Vision. Additional funds have also been earmarked for country park projects associated with proposed new developments in Fenland and East Cambridgeshire.

John Onslow, director for development at Cambridgeshire Horizons and chairman of the county's green infrastructure forum, said: "Quality of life is a high priority for growth in Cambridgeshire, and green projects have an important part to play in helping to mitigate the effects of climate change.

"Despite the economic downturn, we cannot afford to reduce our standards when it comes to creating sustainable new communities in Cambridgeshire.

"This is why we are working closely with our local authority and voluntary sector partners to deliver these key projects that will help ensure new and existing residents will have better opportunities to enjoy the countryside, at the same time protecting and enhancing our important wildlife habitats.