Have your say on new Strategic Plan for the Greater Nottingham Area

Residents, organisations and businesses in Rushcliffe are being asked to have their say on the Greater Nottingham Strategic Plan to help shape future planning for the area.

Councils are required to set out strategic policies to address local priorities for development such as housing and employment growth, to help the prosperity of local people.

Rushcliffe, Broxtowe, and Gedling Borough Councils and Nottingham City Council are developing a joint Strategic Plan, which will help guide future development across their combined areas and all residents can now have their say by visiting www.gnplan.org.uk

The consultation lasts for ten weeks ending on September 14, 2020 and asks for views on what should be included in the plan. 

The consultation document does not include any draft policies or identify how much or where future development will take place. These will come later when a draft Strategic Plan is published next year. 

Once approved, the plan will set out how Greater Nottingham’s development needs can be met up to 2038.

Planning for development will provide a vital stimulus to the local economy, which will help the area recover from the impact of COVID-19, by encouraging investment, which helps to create jobs and support businesses.

The Greater Nottingham Strategic Plan 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;
  • Create vibrant and viable city and town centres, which are sustainable and are places where people want to live and work; and
  • Provide the right conditions for economic development which generates new jobs and economic growth, and to enable strong, safe and healthier communities.

The Strategic Plan will also consider other planning issues such as climate change and how the plan can help achieve each council’s ambition to become carbon neutral.

Councillor Roger Upton, Rushcliffe Borough Council’s Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Housing and Planning, said: “We are required by Government to update our existing strategic growth plan to 2038 in order to provide new homes, employment land and necessary infrastructure to accommodate development.  

“We need a plan that supports the local economy, especially its recovery following the coronavirus crisis.  

“We also need a plan which helps manage the effects of climate change and the ambitions of all local councils to become carbon neutral.  

“It will provide a framework for future development and once the consultation has closed, all comments received will be considered as part of preparing the Strategic Plan.”

A draft will be published next year when there will be a further opportunity to comment.

Nottingham Local News