Sustainability and wellbeing form a key part of our proposals. We will deliver a sustainable development using the 'One Planet Living®' principles, which cover all aspects of sustainable living. We will encourage wildlife – including the creation of a new, publicly accessible green space at the heart of the development – and will aim to improve health and wellbeing, as well as minimise carbon emissions and waste.
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The development will be largely car-free, minimising traffic impact on the surrounding area. We are planning to establish an electric vehicle car club to assist those who occasionally require the use of a car.
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The future buildings will be all electric using a combination of on and off site renewable sources. No fossil fuels on site.
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Devonshire Gardens is located next to the Chisholm Trail, a new walking and cycling route that will connect the main Cambridge railway station to Cambridge North and to the Busway cycleway.
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We will provide generous, secure bicycle parking for residents, workers and visitors, including facilities for e-bikes and cargo bikes.
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We are planting approximately 100 new trees in total, both mature and semi-mature, across the site. An increase in trees was a key piece of feedback from the first round of consultation.
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There will be solar panels on the roof of the office buildings to help generate energy for the site.
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There will be various forms of edible planting on site available for the benefit of the whole, local community.
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Rainwater will be collected and stored to help irrigate the edible planting and other green areas.
We will be using a number of frameworks and sustainability standards as we work towards our commitment to champion environmental sustainability and align with international, national and local sustainability targets:
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Working with cycling specialists, Five at Heart, we will provide exemplary cycling facilities and are targeting a Cycle Heart Rating.
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Embedding specific sustainability standards such as BREEAM certification, an internationally recognised sustainability tool.
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Measuring the project’s contribution to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
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Committing to using the One Planet Living principles, which cover all aspects of sustainability including health and happiness and helping nature flourish; using natural building materials, and minimising carbon emissions and waste. We are using the One Planet Living framework created by Bioregional – find out more at www.bioregional.com/one-planet-living
We would welcome your thoughts on how we can make this scheme as sustainable as possible.
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