The Greater Nottingham Strategic Partnership consulted stakeholders on the Draft Greater Nottingham Blue-Green Infrastructure Strategy. The supporting Focal Area Assessments for Erewash can be accessed under the 'Consultation Documents' below. 

The consultation closed on Friday 13 August 2021.

A Blue-Green Infrastructure Strategy is required to inform both the Greater Nottingham Strategic Plan and the development of policies and allocations within it. 

For the purposes of this Blue-Green Infrastructure Strategy the area comprises the administrative areas of:

  • Broxtowe Borough Council;
  • Erewash Borough Council;
  • Gedling Borough Council;
  • Nottingham City Council; and
  • Rushcliffe Borough Council.

The strategy will also inform the preparation of subsequent Local Plans, and Blue-Green Infrastructure provision priorities through the determination of planning applications across the Greater Nottingham Area.

The Greater Nottingham Strategic Partnership sought views on the strategic Blue-Green Infrastructure and ecological networks identified.

Draft Greater Nottingham Blue-Green Infrastructure Strategy

Evidence supporting the Ecological Networks identified within Erewash is contained within the following documents:

Erewash Focal Area Assessments 
Erewash Focal Area Map Book Part 1
Erewash Focal Area Map Book Part 2

The strategy provides evidence on existing strategic Blue Green Infrastructure which should be protected, their functions and connectivity (within the plan area and beyond the boundary within the region), and opportunities to improve them or create more. Focussing on the strategic network it identifies those assets and connections that provide the foundations of the Blue-Green Infrastructure network across Greater Nottingham. Further work identifying local networks and assets that build on the strategic network will be undertaken by individual authorities.    

National planning policy requires the identification of coherent ecological networks (that deliver bigger, better and more joined up habitats), therefore this strategy has specifically identified these networks alongside more multi-functional Blue-Green Infrastructure networks. These ecological networks are based on Biodiversity Opportunity Maps produced by the Nottinghamshire Biodiversity Action Group.

Further work identifying biodiversity opportunity areas within the main urban areas of Nottingham City and Rushcliffe (West Bridgford) will inform a review of the interim Ecological Networks identified within these areas and if necessary further revisions to this strategy. Similarly ecological assessments undertaken by Derbyshire to inform the Nature Recovery Strategy will build on the ecological networks identified within Erewash by Erewash Borough Council 

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