Pressure for increasing residential and commercial development within the Essex and the South East creates major challenges for the provision and protection of Colchester's parks and green spaces. The quality and variety of green spaces is a strong factor that establishes the character and attraction of Colchester. With new development come new opportunities. This strategy considers how opportunities can be taken to ensure economic growth is linked to sustainable communities with better quality environment for residents and visitors to Colchester.
Sustainable communities are places that people like living in and want to stay in, neighbourhoods with a real character and a sense of place. These successful places should have well designed green spaces that people want to use and respect.