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Have say on plan that will help shape future of Gedling borough

The Greater Nottingham Strategic Plan will help shape future planning across the county - including Gedling borough.

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Residents in Gedling borough are being urged to have their say on the Greater Nottingham Strategic Plan.

The plan will help shape future planning across the county – including Gedling borough.

Broxtowe, Gedling and Rushcliffe Borough Councils along with Nottingham City Council have created a joint Strategic Plan, which sets out the policies which will help guide future development across their combined areas. 

Construction on new Gedling Access Road

The plan will look at how Greater Nottingham’s longer-term development needs can be met up to 2038 supported by more detailed policies which will be developed in each Council’s own individual Local Plan. The Councils have written a ‘Preferred Approach’ document which will form the basis of the Strategic Plan. 

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The plan was published today (3) for consultation, to seek views on the proposed strategy and vision, the approach to housing and employment provision and the proposed strategic sites.

Once approved, the document, along with other planning policies, can be used for guidance by developers and planners as part of the planning process.

Consultation responses to the Preferred Approach document will feed into a full draft of the Greater Nottingham Strategic Plan, which the councils say will aim to:

  • Have the right number and types of new homes, which are built in the right places and meet the needs of our local population and diverse communities
  • Protect, enhance and increase the area’s natural resources, blue and green infrastructure, landscapes, heritage and biodiversity
  • Ensure new developments address the causes and effects of climate change, assisting each council’s ambition to become carbon neutral;
  • Create vibrant and viable city and town centres, which are sustainable and are places where people want to live and work; 
  • Provide the right conditions for economic development which generates new jobs and economic growth, and to enable strong, safe and healthier communities.

Approval of the Strategic Plan is a matter for each Council and the Preferred Approach document has been considered by each Council’s Cabinet, endorsing the consultation to commence on 3rd January 2023 for six weeks. 

Councillor Milan Radulovic, Chair of the Greater Nottingham Joint Planning Advisory Board, said: “The Greater Nottingham Strategic Plan will help us plan for a better future, recover quicker from the Covid 19 crisis, and contribute to progress on making Greater Nottingham a great place to live and work, to visit or do business in.  The consultation on the Preferred Approach is an important part of this process.

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“We welcome views from residents, organisations and businesses, and encourage anyone who would like to help shape how we plan for our future development to have their say on the plans which are available to view online.” 

Once the consultation has closed, comments will be considered and a summary of responses made available along with the Councils’ response.  A draft Strategic Plan will be published next year when there will be a further opportunity to comment.

Full details can be found at www.gnplan.org.uk

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  1. I would urge readers to have a look at the Devolution Plan as it will affect everyone in both Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. Even at this late stage, you can still complete the on-line form.

    It is claimed that this will not introduce another tier of government but it will inevitably cost tax/rate payers addition money from the costs of the Chief Executive and other senior officers, the Mayor’s salary and costs, the cost of an election and so on.

    With this in mind, it is a pity that the opportunity to look at local governance as a whole has been overlooked. District and Borough Councils have few duties left and some carry them out poorly. Waste disposal is a good example whereby Districts are responsible for waste collection while the County has to dispose of it. This introduces an inherent obstruction to improve recycling rates (which are generally very poor in the areas covered by the scheme).

    One estimate is that £20-30 million would have been saved if a plan for a Unitary Authority had been introduced in Nottinghamshire. With seven Borough/District Authorities in the County and seven Chief Executives each earning more than £100k as well as the literally hundreds of local Councillors it is very easy to see where substantial savings and improved efficiencies could be made.

    A review of the way planning is carried out is urgently needed as a strategic overview is needed and overdue. Borough and District Council Planning departments are no longer fit for purpose and are too frequently more worried about appeals or Judicial Reviews from large developers than standing up for the concerns of local residents and others. Such a change would not be part of the new Combined Authority.

    There are scant references to nature recovery and the green environment. Again this is a great shame and the EMCCA could provide a forum for making huge improvements for our environment and for biodiversity. There is a global as well as a local biodiversity crisis and a co-ordinated, strategic overview is needed to address this. Ensuring that the two County Wildlife Trusts (and others) are not just consulted but given roles on Advisory Boards should be a firm commitment to draw on their expertise and experience.

    The Devolution Deal is a wasted opportunity not to have enabled more to be done to tackle the climate crisis. More ambitious aspirations could have been included to enable or insist that new, large developments became net contributors to the grid and to create greater sense of community.

    The section in the Consul;tation document on ‘Reducing Carbon/Net Zero’ is very disappointing and lacks ambition. There is a reference to ‘moving from fossil to fusion’ which would be a great part of a plan for the region to be part of the future energy supply but it gives the impression that it will help our shorter term carbon reduction targets. It cannot.

    There are far more urgent requirements that need to be addressed that are not even mentioned. As an example there are huge opportunities for retrofitting home insulation, insisting that new housing and employment buildings are fitted with solar panels (and retro-fitting others), heat pumps, energy storage and community energy schemes etc.etc. There are so many opportunities in this area which could be integrated into the jobs and skills remits that are absent from this draft.

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